The Assassination of Jesse James (DVD)

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ITEM# 11084585
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    ITEM#: 11084585

    Based on the 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD captivatingly depicts the final few months of the legendary Jesse James's life. He was 34, and his days of ruthless robbing had dwindled, yet his fearsome reputation continued to swell. With an abundance of nickel-books retelling his brutal gun-slinging adventures, James (portrayed by Brad Pitt, in one his most convincing and moving roles) had become a symbolic hero for many Americans, and a dazzling tabloid icon for the 19th-century media. A particular young man seduced by the wonderment of James, the shifty Robert Ford (a breakthrough performance by Casey Affleck), wormed his way in as a James groupie, in the hopes of snagging a coveted spot alongside his brother Charley (played by the always affable Sam Rockwell) as one of the bandit's cronies. Ford, fiercely insecure and painfully aware that he would never be taken seriously by James (who, ever-plagued by paranoia and skepticism, found Ford's earnest obsession a bit unsettling), grew increasingly angry with his idol, leading to a destructive path that ultimately ended in the anticlimactic death of Jesse James--and brought the treacherous Robert Ford the notoriety he had always wanted. Although this film takes place in the late 1800's, its eerie relevance to modern-day celebrity-obsession scandals is astounding, and adds a fresh scope to what could be viewed as just another cinematic western. Director Andrew Dominick (CHOPPER) furthers the film from its genre by banishing cliched bullet-infested showdown scenes, instead embracing the relationships and interactions of the outlaws, and creates a mood of brooding and contemplation with exceptional camera angles and lighting. His intensely sophisticated approach to filmmaking illustrates the darkest corners of the characters, and insightfully provides a deeper, heartfelt portrayal revealing what the men might have been like behind their masks.

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    UPC 012569763739
    Studio Warner Brothers
    Format DVD
    Genre Westerns
    Rating Restricted
    Dimensions 5.75" x 0.5" x 7.75" WxHxD
    Weight 0.2 lbs
    Stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider, Jeremy Renner, Zooey Deschanel
    Directors Andrew Dominik
    Dimensions 1.0x1.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Very Good Story/Movie
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      I love westerns & this was very good. Great actor who portrayed Jessie James. This arrived in about 4 days and was well packaged from Overstock. it was worth every cent & a good movie.

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    • jesse james
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      movie could have used some editing, a bit redundant , on the whole entertaining but

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    • Jesse James
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      This movie was not what I expected. It was dark, violent and much too intense.

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    • Very entertaining
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      My husband loved this movie! I haven't seen it as yet, but he said it was a really awsome, well written movie.

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    • The Assassinaton of Jesse James by the Coward Robe
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      It Was Slow and uninteresting for most of the film. The star power of Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck wasn't enough to make it better. the last half hour was good though.

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