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Assassination of Jesse James

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Robert ford, who's idolized jesse james since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.


Studio Warner
SKU 206584324
UPC 012569763739
UPC 14 00012569763739
Format DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Pitt,Brad
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Cast & Crew
Andrew Dominik - Director
Andrew Dominik - Screenplay
Brad Grey - Executive Producer
Brad Pitt - Actor
Brooklynn Proulx - Actor
Casey Affleck - Actor
Curtiss Clayton - Editor
Dustin Bollinger - Actor
Dylan Tichenor - Editor
Jeremy Renner - Actor
Martin Gendron - Art Director
Mary-Louise Parker - Actor
Nick Cave - Original Music By
Patricia Norris - Production Designer
Ridley Scott - Producer
Roger Deakins - Cinematographer
Ron Hansen - Based On Novel By
Sam Rockwell - Actor
Sam Shepard - Actor
Troy Sizemore - Art Director
Warren Ellis - Original Music By
Nominee (2008) Golden Globe, Casey Affleck, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture,Screen Actors Guild, Casey Affleck, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner (2007) Venice Film Festival, Brad Pitt, Volpi Cup - Best Actor
Nominee (2007) Venice Film Festival, Andrew Dominik, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Parts of the movie are brilliant in a Terrence Malick-inspired way, but the lugubrious middle section is badly in need of the hand of a ruthless editor. The Assassination of Jesse James starts and finishes strong, but it will lose numerous viewers during a frustrating, meandering middle section that spends so much time fleshing out secondary characters that it often forgets about the title individuals. Ironically, it's the movie's half-hour coda that contains the most compelling material - material that often feels rushed and truncated...It wants to play like a sprawling novel that provides insight into all of the characters, not just the main ones. But films are not novels and this approach encourages viewer apathy. Also curious is that the most intriguing material in the movie - the way that public opinion toward Ford changes after James' assassination - is given short shrift. That's when the movie comes alive and becomes vital. That's also when it ends. As Westerns go, this feels like the kind of thing Terrence Malick might produce if his creative powers were ebbing. It's far less engaging than the recent 3:10 to Yuma remake and concentrates more on the details than the broad picture. There's a place for this sort of thing in the genre, but The Assassination of Jesse James is too protracted and oblique to represent it effectively.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie has the space and freedom of classic Western epics. Like "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and "Days of Heaven," it was photographed in the wide open spaces of western Canada, where the land is so empty, it creates a vacuum demanding men to become legends. Jesse James is such a man, a ruthless killer and attentive father and husband, glorified in the dime novels that Robert Ford memorizes. If Ford is a coward, what does that make James, who led his efficient gang in stagecoach and bank robberies that involved the deaths of unarmed men and women? Yes, but he did it with style, you see, and Ford is only a callow squirt...The film was written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the novel by Ron Hansen. It is Dominik's second, and has a great deal in common with his good first film, "Chopper" (2001)...There are things about men, horses and horizons that are uniquely suited to the wide screen. We see that here. The Western has been mostly in hibernation since the 1970s, but now I sense it stirring in rebirth. We have a program to register the most-read reviews on my Web site, and for the month of September the overwhelming leader was not "Eastern Promises," not "Shoot 'em Up," not "The Brave One," but "3:10 to Yuma." Now here is another Western in the classical tradition.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
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Christy Lemire, Associated Press Tantalizing suspense...Riveting performances from Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a wondrously contemplative and poetic saga that offers a fresh and bewitching take on a timeworn genre.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly A haunting retelling of one of the enduring outlaw sagas in American culture.
Pete Hammond, Maxim A masterwork! Already has the feel of a classic.
Rex Reed, The New York Observer An impressive, majestic achievement. Brad Pitt is unforgettable.

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