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A mean, lean, lovingly crafted western,
This review is from: The Long Riders [VHS] (VHS Tape)
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.