• The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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Release Date: September 21st, 2007

DVD Release Date: February 5th, 2008

R|2 hr 40 min

Plot Summary
Infamous and unpredictable, Jesse James (Brad Pitt), nicknamed the fastest gun in the west, plans his next big heist while he launches pre-emptive strikes against those looking to collect the reward the law has placed on his head. Jesse's newest recruits, Robert (Casey Affleck) and Charley Ford (Sam Rockwell), grow increasingly jealous of the outlaw. When they sense an opportunity to kill Jesse, they gun him down, but their actions backfire when Jesse's fame is elevated to near mythical status.

Cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Sam Rockwell, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt

Director: Andrew Dominik

Genres: Historical drama, Western

Production Co: Virtual Studios, Warner Bros., Scott Free Productions, Plan B Films, Jesse Films Inc.

Distributors: Warner Bros.

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  • This fascinating relationship gets smothered in pointlessly long takes, repetitive scenes, grim Western landscapes and mumbled, heavily accented dialogue. show more

  • The language of its narrative, like that of its characters, may be elevated -- a literary Western version of Damon Runyon -- but the words are intriguing, challenging and, occasionally, very funny. show more

  • Though there is plenty of gunplay, this is a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre. show more

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