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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated westerns of all time...
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...
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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 this very slow and very empty western.

There is a profoundly dull and completely pointless sub-plot involving a hooker and one of the Younger brothers (David Carradine) that seems to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but it lacks pace and something memorable, 21 April 2009
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The Long Riders is a film about the James-Younger gang who were outlaws in Missouri after the American Civil War. It is an enjoyable film but having heard about it and read reviews of it calling the film an underrated modern classic it was disappointing. The action sequences are very good but the film itself struggles due to a cast that don't seem to be able to create interesting characters, a storyline which lacks pace and direction plus it continually jumps around all over the place. All in all a promising idea which is let down badly in its execution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 33 years late, 7 Jun. 2013
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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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 Ford brothers. The story starts at the height of their notariety as bank and train robbers, and perhaps also the beginning of the end for them when one of the gang kills an innocent man.

Of the cast David Carrradine stood out for me. He seemed to have that undefineable coolness that works so well in westerns. Its well directed by Walter Hill, but unlike a previous reviewer I felt that the big gunfight at the end was a little unrealistic. I know the guns weren't that accurate in those days, but for the number of bullets fired very few actually hit their target.

What adds to the quality of the film is the fact that the outlaws personal lifes are dealt with very well. There is a sense of struggle for them in trying to have some sort of stable home life, which is of course almost impossible, and some of the main characters seem to be haunted by this.

With a runtime of only 95 mins, this is a tightly constructed movie which is well worth owning, and I shall be watching it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most authentic western ever, 2 Mar. 2013
This is without doubt the best, most authentic Western ever made! Fast paced, action packed and scarily realistic! It is a masterpiece of cinematography!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Long riders., 16 Dec. 2014
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One of the most authentic films about the James/Younger gang and their ill-fated final raid at Northfield,Minnesota.Hardened by the civil war,in which they'd thought under the black flag of Charles Quantrill's guerrillas,the gang used guerrilla tactics to rob northern banks and trains[they had never accepted the war was over].However.the Pinkerton detectives were closing in on them.Charging up and down the main street in Northfield on horses,with guns blazing,[Quantrill style],they underestimated the people of Northfield,who were not willing to be intimidated.Plenty of action with excellent cast:the Carradene brothers.A must- have for all wild west enthusiasts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mean, lean, lovingly crafted western, 2 Nov. 2000
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This western is less concerned about telling a true story about the James - Younger gang (although it is very accurate and authentic), which terrorised banks after the American Civil War, and more concerned about giving a lovingly crafted tale about the forms of which the wastern, family, bank robbery and traditional male values. As the gang of serious, laconic men ride around, avoiding the Marshals, building a reputation and robbing banks to bring hom the bacon, we see a group of serious, prepared men who honour their set of values and the family, looking after their own. The film also honours the classic westerns of Hawks, Ray, Man and Huston with the depiction of violence, and even shows some of Sergio Leone in its close ups of gunfiring. It is a terrifically rounded western, but it can also be seen as a view of men doing what they think they have to do to stay alive in a violent world.
Director Walter Hill gives us the funeral, hoe down, shoot out, and execution of vengence to show just how tight kint these men are, also doing it through a wonderful script and using real life brothers to play the gang members.It is essential viewing for any western lover, as it is partly a disection of the genre itself, but for any other cinema goer, the fateful, slow motion, heist gone wrong at the town of Northfield is incredible and woth seeing, and that pre-dates Tarantino by about ten years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Western, 11 Nov. 2010
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Walter Hill has given us an extraordinary Western that keeps you mesmerised from start to finish.

The casting could not have been bettered,the cinemaphotography is brilliant and the James/Younger theme is well portrayed even if it is not strictly accurate. This film rates far better than "Tombstone" and is of equal quality to James Mangold's version of the "3.10 to Yuma". I found the gunfights to be just the right balance of realism and savagery, with the interplay between the characters full of depth and meaning.

This film should be in any Western Collector's Library as it will become a classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brothers And More Brothers, 21 Sept. 2010
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I just saw this film again after not having seen it for a long time. It's a pretty good western, although the stylized violence now seems quite dated. But the look and feel of the film is first rate. The music is among its greatest assets. Of course, the big novelty of The Long Riders is its casting of real-life brothers to play the various sets of famous (or infamous) siblings. Going by this film, the Youngers were much more interesting than the James boys. In fact, the biggest flaw in the film is James Keach as Jesse James. Not only is his acting wooden and monotonous, but he kept reminding me of Buster Keaton. An interesting project but the definitive film about the James and Younger gang has yet to be made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray version from Germany - fantastic., 25 July 2011
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Blu-ray version shows up the age and the condition of the original print but also gives most scenes a fabulous rich colour and detail. Well worth the upgrade from DVD. HD sound is a very basic re-mix but this movie does not need anything clever soundwise. No point reviewing the movie itself, its a classic with incredible performances by the carradines especially.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well realised and portrayed yet stylistically derivitive and underwelming, 8 Oct. 2007
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Walter Hill is an impressive director who has delivered some memorable, distinctive and touching works, nearly all flawed. He has also given out some totally boring and flat, uninspired movies (Last Man Standing). Yet all his cinema seems to show his penchant for basically copying the style of others. Geronimo was charming and one of his best and yet certainly reminiscent of John Ford with not as effective forced sentiment and message. The aformentioned LMS was a ridiculous rip off of Leone and Kurosawa yet adding a thirties gangster dimension (?!). Southern Comfort (although I have yet to watch it)seems a little to close to Deliverance and the lovely Broken Trail was let down by a cliched ending and plot progressions and a corny sentimentality which was moving if decently pretentious. That his films seem to be trying to get away with plaugteurism is evident here. The nice and unique, gentle flow and picturesque hue of the movie is handled well and the acting is expert. This is a very enjoyable film and memorably fine, yet when it comes to gunfights, the action is perfectly choreographed...just as Peckinoah would do it. The first siege on their bunkhouse in the woods is cut to the exact rythms of what ends up as a mixture of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and The Wild Bunch, the latter film taking over in the final robbery gone wrong sequence which mirrors the opening bank raid to the extent that you have horses crashing through a window shot from the inside. This shot in particuar is a good example: the camera angle may be slightly straighter and wider and it is still an astonishing shot, yet as with the rest of these parts of the film, its similarity is too much to issue any respect.
But ultimately it is a respectable work and with some nicely worked love stories incorperated and one that doesn't work culminating in a somewhat strange and overdone knifefight. The film offers some great set peices and character interaction with a nice relalisation of things.
Forgivably if annoyingly flawed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Die hard Western fans will like this version., 10 Sept. 2013
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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 David Carradine being the most famous. The Ry Cooder soundtrack music adds atmosphere as do the clever gunshot sound and slow motion visual effects. The only thing missing is stereo audio but you can't have everything !
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