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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

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Biography, Crime, Drama |

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a American epic revisionist Western film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adapted from Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between Jesse James (Brad Pitt) and Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), focusing on the events that lead up to the titular killing.

Photography started at August 29, 2005 and ended on December 2005. Filming took place near Calgary, Canmore, and Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. To achieve the visual style he wanted for the movie, Dominik took influences from many sources, including still photographers, images clipped from magazines, stills from Days of Heaven, and even Polaroids. The original edit of the movie was envisioned by Dominik to be “a dark, contemplative examination of fame and infamy,” reaching more than three hours in runtime. This was opposed by the studio and the movie was edited repeatedly.

In 1881, young starstruck Robert “Bob” Ford seeks out Jesse James when the James gang is planning a train robbery in Blue Cut, Missouri, making unsuccessful attempts to join the gang with the help of his older brother Charley, already a member. The train turns out to be carrying only a fraction of the money originally thought, and a dispirited Frank James leaves the gang and his brother. Jesse returns home to Kansas City, bringing the Fords, Dick Liddil and Jesse’s cousin, Wood Hite. Jesse sends Charley, Wood, and Dick away, but insists that Bob stay for his help in moving furniture to a new home in St. Joseph, Missouri. Bob becomes more admiring of Jesse before being sent away, where he stays at the farmhouse of his widowed sister, Martha Bolton, where he rejoins his brother Charley, Hite, and Liddil.

Director: Andrew Dominik

Writers: Andrew Dominik (screenplay), Ron Hansen (novel)

Stars: Brad Pitt, Mary-Louise Parker, Dustin Bollinger, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shepard

Cast:

Brad PittJesse James
Mary-Louise ParkerZee James
Brooklynn ProulxMary James
Dustin BollingerTim James
Casey AffleckRobert Ford
Sam RockwellCharley Ford
Jeremy RennerWood Hite
Sam ShepardFrank James
Garret DillahuntEd Miller
Paul SchneiderDick Liddil
Joel McNicholExpress Messenger
James DefeliceBaggagemaster (as James DeFelice)
J.C. RobertsEngineer
Darrell OrydzukUkranian Train Passenger
Jonathan Erich DrachenbergYoung Train Passenger
Torben HansenDanish Train Passenger (as Torben S. Hansen)
Alison ElliottMartha Bolton
Lauren CalvertIda
Kailin SeeSarah Hite
Tom AldredgeMajor George Hite
Jesse FrechetteAlbert Ford
Pat HealyWilbur Ford
Michael ParksHenry Craig
Ted LevineSheriff Timberlake
Joel DuncanDeputy
James CarvilleGovernor Crittenden
Stephanie WahlstromStore Customer
Adam ArlukiewiczNewsboy
Ian FerrierPhotographer (as Ian Ferrier)
Michael J RogersOnlooker at Jesse’s Death (as Michael Rogers)
Calvin BliidJesse E. James aka Tim
Sarah LindBob’s Girlfriend
Nick CaveBowery Saloon Singer
Matthew WalkerBowery Saloonkeeper
Zooey DeschanelDorothy Evans
Michael CopemanEdward O’Kelly
Laryssa YanchakElla Mae Waterson
Hugh RossNarrator (voice)
Kalyn BombackTheatre goer (uncredited)
Doug ChristianTavern Patron (uncredited)
Tanis DolmanTownswoman (uncredited)
Carey FeehanTrain Passenger (uncredited)
Sara FowlowGirl of Sixteen (uncredited)
Catherine GellWidow (uncredited)
Anthony HarrisonMarshal Craig (uncredited)
Adam JohnstonKid (uncredited)
Adam JohnstonKid (uncredited)
Meghan K. LeesFirst Class Train Passenger (uncredited)
Barb MitchellUpscale Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Murphy-DysonGirl Playing Zee (uncredited)
Myles PetermanTrain Boy (uncredited)
Myrna VallanceThe Governors Wife (uncredited)
Trevor WorobyMarty (saloon patron) (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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