The Long Riders

The Long Riders

Video Cassette - 1980
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Four theatrical families of the 1980's recreate the most wanted criminal families of the 1860's.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c1980.
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Characteristics: 1 videocassette (100 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.


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Jul 30, 2018

For serious Western fans- with the James & Cole Younger bros riding through after the Civil War. The Quaids, Keach & Carradine brothers made a heck-of-a-western.

Jul 29, 2018

While one can see that an effort was made to do a good job making this picture, I found it unsatisfying. There isn't really a story being told. We see slices of life for the main characters, but there's no background to explain the life they lead. I guess that I am to assume that these men were outlaws for the sake of being outlaws. In the hospital scene near the movie's end, a brief comment is made to suggest that somehow the Civil War was why they did what they did. But it's too late by then for the movie to elaborate and expand on this motivation. So, I could never find myself caring much about the things that happen. These characters are not portrayed as either heroes or martyrs. I'm a Ry Cooder fan, and I instantly recognized his work on the film's musical soundtrack. But with no real story, his work just kind of hangs out there with no drama to reinforce. Finally, Walter Hill shows a regrettable effort to outdo Sam Peckinpah in the visual depiction of gory gun battles. If you are interested in action, there is plenty in this film (no humor, though). And the gimmick of having real life brothers portray the character brothers is neither here nor there, not adding nor distracting. To sum up, I wasn't bored (the visual presentation is good), but I wasn't involved. Probably really only of interest to Walter Hill fans.

May 10, 2018

Meandering, confusing story loaded with too many, mainly forgettable characters. The opening — the main characters (I forget how many) — simply riding across a rolling field already began to bore me. I had a little hope once they rob the first bank — an action scene that’s competent but nothing more than that — but then the film just wanders around with some too Peckinpah-like violent scenes. (And, in my kind, Peckinpah is not so great, but this film doesn’t transmute Peckinpah‘s approach into anything better.)

In the end, nothing really adds up. I went into the film expecting a revisionary Western, but found myself waiting for it to end. Even the final robbery bores because it seems set up merely to have certain set shots — man being dragged by horse, man falling off roof, horses jumping through windows, etc. The finale tries to be artsy though it felt as the director just wanted to slap something in there to give it meaning.

Apr 22, 2018

The acting is fine. (Naturally.) However, it's not a good thing when you can't stand ANY of the lead characters, 2 minutes into the film. The characters are despicable. From that first 2 min. on, I was just waiting for them to catch and hang the cretins. (Or they could have gone into politics today.) I don't see how anyone could feel any respect, admiration, or sympathy toward them. Bad idea for a film. No wonder I had never heard of it.

Aug 11, 2017

Good film- it tells the story of the James/ Younger gang- it's quite factual actually.

May 13, 2017

Solid story, stunning gunfight action sequences that I found riveting, and real life brothers portray the brothers of the story. These actors are in top form here, so break out the western boots and ten gallon hat - you're in for a tense, sweet ride.

Mar 24, 2017

I really liked the fact of the sets of brothers in the movie. I think it portrays the outlaws as a nicer bunch of guys than what the actually were, from the history that I have read Jesse James was pretty much a murderer. Good cimematography and true to life costumes.

Jul 07, 2016

A solid, if predictable, western that has the novelty of four sets of brothers playing brothers. The Carradines (Keith, David, Robert), Quaids (Dennis, Randy), and Keachs (Stacty, James) are the notorious James Gang. Christopher and Nicholas Guest are the Fords, who eventually shoot Jesse James, although it's usually just Robert in films. Walter Hill's ("The Warriors," "48 Hrs.") direction is competent and there are some good shoot outs, even if they're in debt to the slo-mo violence of Sam Peckinpah, an influence that can be seen in mediocre Hill action films like "Extreme Prejudice" and "Last Man Standing." Some other films about Jesse James and the James Gang include "The Assassination of Jesse James," "The Return of Frank James," "Young Guns," and "I Shot Jesse James."

Jan 30, 2016

Really good movie- it relates the trials and tribulations of the Jesse James Gang. It's a bit of a different take on the story, told in an episodic manner by the great Walter Hill.

Feb 18, 2014

Not much of a story. Just a shallow pretext of a plot stitching together a series of chase scenes and fights. However, may be worth seeing for solid performances by the young Keach, Carradine, and Quaid brothers.


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