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Long Riders [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]

David Carradine , Keith Carradine    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UJN22K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,224 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This terrific Walter Hill Western follows the careers of the James and Younger brothers--and uses the nifty idea of casting actual clans of acting siblings in the roles. Thus, the James brothers are played by James and Stacy Keach; the Youngers by David, Keith, and Robert Carradine; the Millers by Randy and Dennis Quaid; and the Fords by Christopher and Nicholas Guest. Hill, working with an evocative Ry Cooder score, creates a film that is at once breathtakingly exciting and elegiac in its treatment of these post-Civil War outlaws. The Keaches in particular bring a surprising dignity to the roles of Frank and Jesse James, while David Carradine is a hoot as Cole Younger--and the Quaids mimic real life (as it was for them then) in their battles as the Miller brothers. Bloody, to be sure, but also bloody good. --Marshall Fine


Magnificent.... The climactic scene is astonishing

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Back in the glory days of 1980, Michael Bay was just a fifteen year old lad with a love of movies who would soon begin his enrolment at Wesleyan University. Bryan Singer too was a mere child, probably admiring films like The Long Riders with his buddy Ethan Hawke. It would take a further six years for John Mc Tiernan to carve his name in the Hollywood ladder and John Woo was still finding his directorial roots in Southern China. The man to watch when it came to extremely stylised action was one Walter Hill, the creator of such awesome gun-totting avalanches as Extreme Prejudice, The Warriors and Johnny Handsome. Long since categorised as 'the' director for choosing style over content, Hill started out his career as a screenwriter. He penned The Getaway for Sam Peckinpah, who was obviously his idol, and in almost all of his movies he adds visual flourishes that are unsubtly reminiscent of Peckinpah's accomplishments. (Check out Extreme Prejudice where Hill almost out Peckinpahs Peckinpah!) Like all of cinema's greatest achievers, Hill had an unbridled love for the western. Over the length of his career, he would return to the genre again and again, giving us offerings that ranged from the large-scale excess of Geronimo: an American legend, to the smaller, but just as historically accurateWild Bill.
By far the best of his Western work, The Long Riders tells the tale of the James/Younger legacy, a slice of history that has been adapted for the silver screen on countless occasions. Perhaps the film's strongest and most alluring attribute is the fact that the cast contains real life acting siblings in the shape of the Carradines, the Keaches, the Guests and the Quaids as the band of outlaws.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Familiar tale finally Done Properly. 1 Oct 2002
Yet another reworking of one of America's favourite outlaws, Jesse James (others being Billy the Kid and Al Capone). For many Southerners with romantic yearnings for the Ol' Confederacy, Jesse James is the present-day students' equivalent of Che Guevara, and is often erroneously given the soubriquet of a 'latter-day Robin Hood' (who robbed from the Yankees to give to the oppressed Southerners o' Missouri). Other such films were Jesse James (1939), Jesse James Rides Again (1947), The Great Jesse James Raid (1953), The True Story Of Jesse James and The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1971) - all with various claims of 'authenticity.'

The true story of Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang is, of course, more complex. For a start, they hailed from the Clay County region of Missouri. After Appomatox, Raleigh and Kirby Smith's and Stand Watie's surrenders, many Missourians - notably 'Bloody Bill' Anderson and Quantrill's Raiders - did not regard the war as 'over,' continuing, in the name of the Confederacy, to harrass the Union with train hold-ups and bank-robberies, then seeking refuge among their tight-knit Missouri communities. Part of the folk hero cult status thus gained was also due to Eastern newspaper columnists and dime novelists sensationalizing these actually-criminal exploits. The original James-Younger gang broke up following the disastrous attempted bank-robbery, far from their home patch, in Northfield, Minnesota (7 September, 1876).

Jesse and Frank James got away, returned to their trusted Missouri surroundings, and attempted to revive their gang with new recruits. Although there were a few more train robberies, the 'great days' were over; their chief feat was simply to remain at large year after year, still possessing a certain flamboyance and style.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! 19 Jun 2005
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Maybe I`m having a mid-life crisis but I find myself watching this movie(which I only saw for the first time two years ago when it was shown on tv) repeatedly, probably about ten times in the last couple of years, and it gets better with each viewing. What`s so remarkable about this is that I don`t usually like westerns at all. But The Long Riders is just fantastic. The lack of "iconic" western stalwarts like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood et al is a significant contributing factor to the sheer class of this movie. The fact that I happen to like James and Stacy Keach and David and Keith Carradine helps a lot too. Not too sure about Randy Quaid though, who, to me, has the sort of face more suited to a comedy role.
Anyway, it`s a great movie all round. The music, from Ry Cooder`s slide guitar to the traditional songs and tunes, is inspired. The scene, near the end, where the gang attempt to rob the Northfield bank makes for compelling viewing and I have watched this particular part of the film countless times.
I think I`m addicted to this movie!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Stylish Western with a soundtrack refreshingly different to the usual orchestral background music.
No drawn-out romantic subplots.
James Keach, Stacy Keach, David Carradine, Keith Carradine are all great, but especially the gruffly laconic, staring-eyed James Keach(Jesse James)who does some classic Western tough guy posing around, and the rough `n` rugged image is enhanced later in the film when he`s grown a beard for the unforgettable Northfield sequence - "Time lock, hell! you open that vault, mister, y`hear!".
The long grey coats worn by the gang was a great idea and adds to the overall style of the movie(although I can`t help thinking that for a gang intent on slipping discreetly into a small town to rob the bank, perhaps it wouldn`t have been advisable for all members of the gang to wear the same style of conspicuously light grey overcoat. But that`s the real world, this is a movie!).
The aforementioned Northfield bank raid sequence is a first class piece of Western cinematography, and absololutely thrilling. My only criticism of this part of the movie is that it should go on for longer, much longer, with even more slow-motion shooting. The bit where Frank, Cole, Jesse, Bob, and the somewhat compromised Jim, exchange gunfire with the townsfolk across the narrow street is so hard-hitting and exciting to watch that it`s a pity that we only get such fleeting glimpses of some of it, especially of Jesse James(James Keach again), whose pose, if you`re quick enough to pause the DVD for the split second the camera`s on him, is so darn classic and iconic, it would make a great poster in its own right.
The use of...ahem....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow, sub-Peckinpah, so what?
I was recommended this title by someone in awe of the 'sensational' casting. Yes tis' true, four sets of brothers star in the film but that folks, is the most note-worthy aspect of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes, buy it !!
Good story, fine acting, David Carradine fits this part very well, right up his street, a film you will watch over many times
Published 2 months ago by LOTTO WIZARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time, No See !!
I'm happily biased !! The times were different and so was I.... Still has an immediate impact... at least for me !
Published 5 months ago by anthony golden
3.0 out of 5 stars Die hard Western fans will like this version.
This blu-ray is much better than my very old DVD version.This film is unusual because of the acting teams of brothers used ( Qaid, Keach, Carradine etc ) the Qaid brothers and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaxBit Rate
5.0 out of 5 stars Long riders.
If you enjoy'll love this! Terrific. Photography,script and a star cast. Highly recommended .The true story of Jesse James.
Published 8 months ago by angela more
5.0 out of 5 stars long riders
what a film if u missed it in the 80s you must watch it now one of the best westerns out there . A MUST SEE
Published 9 months ago by mr l ashenden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie with interesting premise
The long Riders is an excellent re-telling of the tale of the James/Younger gang with the particularly interesting conceit of casting real-life acting brothers as the various sets... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Songbirdjennie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well
It was a long ride and the brothers theme carries to mood of the family feuds and gangs, well acted, good DVD, endless ends, some of whom went onto even better film.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. M. Stagg
4.0 out of 5 stars 33 years late
I watched this last night for the first time, and enjoyed it a lot. A good cast of real life siblings play the James brothers (Keaches), the Younger brothers (Carradines) and the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by S J Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling perfection.
This is a marvellous film from director Water Hill, made in 1980. It tells the story of the Jessie James gang, with their compatriots the Younger brothers, Miller brothers, and the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
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