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Jesse - "We rob banks, Jim. We don`t need any checkin` !",
By A Customer
This review is from: The Long Riders [DVD] (DVD)
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!...now 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....sixty-shooters rather than the standard six-shooters is a crucial and effective piece of artistic licence that really comes into its own in that sequence.
In fact, the Northfield ambush and escape sequence is so good that the rest of the movie can, unfortunately, feel a bit anticlimactic, albeit it`s still good.
Jesse James - "Look this just ain`t no time to argue with you, Cole. Either you stay here and die, or you come with us."
Overall, I would recommend you buy this DVD. Main selling points are: the soundtrack, the slow-motion shootouts, those cool grey coats, James Keach`s Jesse James, David Carradine`s Cole Younger, the Northfield sequence -worth the price of admission on its own.