Ride With the Devil

Directed By: Ang Lee Starring: Tobey Maguire Jeffrey Wright

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Follows four people fighting the truth and justice admist the turmoil of the american civil war. Director ang lee takes us to a no man's land on the missouri/kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an immigrant's son, a freed slave and a young widow learn how to survive in a place without rules. French subtitles.


Studio Universal
SKU 40138341
UPC 025192077425
UPC 14 00025192077425
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Civil War
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Ang Lee follows up the critically acclaimed THE ICE STORM with this look at the bloody, intense conflict between the pro-Confederate Bushwackers and the pro-Union Jayhawkers in Missouri during the Civil War. Pitting neighbor against neighbor, the war in the frontier state tested personal loyalties and often created strange alliances. The film, based on Daniel Woodrell's book WOE TO LIVE ON, follows the conflict through the eyes of two outsiders: a German immigrant's son (Tobey Maguire) and a free black man (Jeffrey Wright), both of whom fight for the Bushwhackers even though they are looked down upon by their fellow guerrillas. The acting is strong all around, the setting realistically grim and absorbing, and Frederick Elmes's photography is, as always, top-notch. Pop singer Jewel appears onscreen for the first time, playing a plucky Southern woman. A nuanced examination of the bonds of obligation, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL anticipates Lee's high-flying CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, both in theme and in pulse-pounding action. The film contains many standout action sequences, including a historically accurate re-creation of William Quantrill's infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas.
Plot Summary
Summary RIDE WITH THE DEVIL is straightforward look at a group of Civil War pro-Southern Bushwackers--operating in the relative no-man's-land of Kansas and Missouri--who carry out guerrilla attacks on the Union army and its sympathizers. Ang Lee's film follows these marginalized outsiders as they pursue their fervent, ultimately doomed cause with an intense and bloodthirsty commitment.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "You want my bacon?"--Jack Bull (Skeet Ulrich) to Daniel Holt (Jeffrey Wright)
Quote "I'll always know your rump from a mule now."--Jack Bull to Miss Evans (Jewel)
Quote "Before they built that church they built that schoolhouse. They rounded every pup into that schoolhouse because they fancied that everyone should think and talk the same freethinking way they do, with no regard to station, custom, propriety. And that is why they will win. Because they believe everyone should live and think just like them. And we shall lose because we don't care one way or another how they live. We just worry about ourselves."--Mr. Evans (Zach Grenier) to Jake (Tobey Maguire) and Jack
Quote "I felt something that day I never felt...I felt free."--Holt to Jake
Variety "...[The film's] widescreen images have a sweeping, sometimes desolate beauty..." p.43
Premiere "...[A] striking, brave picture....Maguire is thrilling as Roedel, whose passage to manhood is faithfully chronicled by Schamus and Lee..." 11/??/1999 p.33
Sight and Sound "...A texture of fine-grained observation that brings history to life on the molecular level..." 12/??/1999 p.34-56
Total Film "...Worthy and beautifully crafted..." 06/01/2000 p.99
New York Times "...Visually arresting....[Maguire gives a] sensitive, understated performance..." 11/24/1999 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "...Maguire shows an increased maturity that suits him well..." 11/24/1999 p.C6
Chicago Sun-Times "...The technical and acting credits are first rate..." 12/17/1999 p.40
A.V. Club "[T]he dialogue gives RIDE WITH THE DEVIL its own offbeat personailty....Lee and Schamus superbly illustrate the confusion of the times..." -- Grade: A- 04/28/2010
Ang Lee
Tobey Maguire
Jeffrey Wright
Cast & Crew
Jeffrey Wright - Actor
Jewel Kilcher - Actor
Jonathan Brandis - Actor
SImon Baker - Actor
Skeet Ulrich - Actor
Tobey Maguire - Actor
Tom Wilkinson - Actor
Daniel Woodrell - Based On Novel By
Ang Lee - Director
Frederick Elmes - Director of Photography
Mychael Danna - Musical Score
Robert F. Colseberry, et al. - Producer
James Schmaus - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 20774
UPC 00025192077425
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 138 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review ...Ride With The Devil is a different sort of Civil War story... it takes us away from the big battles of the East and to a place where things are less cleanly defined... and the resulting motion picture offers yet another effective and affecting portrait of the United States' most important and difficult conflict.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
Product Attributes
Actor Maguire,Tobey
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Washington Times Powerful!
CBS-TV Powerful...gripping...don't miss it!
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...in its quiet way, Ride With The Devil is terrific.

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