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American Outlaws [DVD] [2001]

Kathy Bates , Ali Larter , Les Mayfield    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kathy Bates, Ali Larter, Nathaniel Arcand, Gabriel Macht, Harris Yulin
  • Directors: Les Mayfield
  • Writers: John Rogers, Roderick Taylor
  • Producers: Jonathan A. Zimbert, Bill Gerber, James G. Robinson, David C. Robinson, Art Schaeffer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000066NS1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



At least the 20th screen version of the criminal career of Jesse James, American Outlaws, is also perhaps the least historically accurate, which wouldn't matter as much if it were more spirited and distinctive. Taking its cues from the Young Guns films rather than, say, the more realistic The Long Riders or Ride with the Devil, the movie presents pretty boy stars as larger-than-life, good-hearted outlaws and races through a lot of storyline without making much of an impression.

Colin Farrell, liable to be a huge star in the next five years, is a handsome, devil-may-care Jesse, taking the reins between his teeth and firing with both hands, but he has little material to work with, while Timothy Dalton does a very strange Scotch accent as Allen Pinkerton, the security expert hired by the evil railroad to bring in the James-Younger gang. It has the full complement of brawls, robberies, escapes, battles, train wrecks, explosions and barroom roistering--including the riding-a-horse-through-a-window bit featured in all earlier Jesse James movies--but feels like a cramped TV movie rather than an epic biopic. Attempting to be a crowd-pleaser, it goes for a happy ending rather than the tragic shot-in-the-back finish, but that just means that its high spirits feel forced and unconvincing.

On the DVD: American Outlaws has a nice range of extras for such a minor film, including two deleted scenes, five behind the scenes "featurettes" (one not-very-hidden "hidden feature") and a commentary track by director Les Mayfield, writer John Rogers and editor Michael Tronick that may be a bit too pleased with itself, but offers a lively and entertaining account of the making of the film. --Kim Newman

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This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.This product is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices, and may not play in other DVD devices, including recorders and PC drives.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun western 3 April 2008
ok, so its not the most thought provoking of films but the acting is really good, the charcters are well scripted and work well together . once id seen it i couldn't wait to watch it again.
i love old westerns and this has some of the same great chases, gun fights and bankrobbery. Jesses older brother is very charismatic and seems to inadvertently steal some of the scenes. I loved this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunday afternoon TV movie 24 Jun 2008
I caught this on TV in June '08; it is a 'Young Guns' movie without jokes. The action was not without merit, but the acting was weak except for a young Colin Farrell, and i had to put my hands over my ears at points to quell my nausea due to a poor script. Other than that it is a good movie for Children.

A film that can best be described as the "dumb version" of Young Guns, American Outlaws ranks among the year's most entertainingly insipid movies.

Frank and Jesse return home after the Civil War, hoping to build a nice quiet lifestyle and raise some young'ens. Unfortunately, here come the evil railroad tycoons who promptly torch the town and kill Mama James. Along with their good buddies, the Youngers, Frank and Jesse set off to rob lots of banks and redistribute the cash 'Robin Hood' style. The end.

What makes this one any different than the Young Guns flicks, the classic Philip Kaufman western The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid or Walter Hill's entertaining The Long Riders? Well, nothing...other than about 65 billion brain cells.

Imagine a "Wild West" episode of Beverly Hills 90210 with a guest appearance by Timothy Dalton. Better yet, imagine a local high school junior prom plopped into the Old West and you'll have a good idea of the silliness that is American Outlaws. Rare is the childish movie that tries so hard to wear its "grownup" face while failing so resoundingly.

Adults can watch Junior Bonner (S.McQueen) on Sunday afternoon, while the children can watch American Outlaws in another room. Full stop.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun all round 25 July 2002
it's about time we had a fun western film . This is a no thinker , easy watch with an enjoyable cast who are obviously having a great time . Brilliant stunts , easy story and an enjoyable humour throughout. This film has been greatly underated by peaple who have expected too much. Simply a fun , enjoyable , exciting western.
Definatly worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fun western 11 July 2010
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If your after a fun western rather than a gritty western then this is for you, it may not be factually correct but who cares, its a rip roaring action packed western with humour, its fun with a capital F. I enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great service 8 Feb 2011
By stacey
i was very impressed of the speed it took for this item to be delivered i didn have to wait long
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