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

Director: Andrew Dominik Cinematographer: Roger Deakins

An adaptation of Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel of the same name, Dominik’s ambitious revisionist western dramatises the relationship between James and Ford through the series of events that led up to the shooting of the legendary outlaw. Edited by Dominik to be “a dark, contemplative examination of fame and infamy,” the studio was initially opposed to his approach as they wanted more action. The writer/director had his way, backed by producers Brad Pitt and Ridley Scott. The film is full of fine performances, particularly by Pitt, who fits the bill as the charismatic and dangerous James but is just about overshadowed by an outstanding portrayal of Robert Ford by Casey Affleck. Along with the two brilliant lead performances, it’s the stunning visuals helped by Roger Deakins’s inventive cinematographic techniques, an emotive soundtrack from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and a bold script from Dominik that come together to create a stylish mood piece with an epic sweep that explores the casual violence and harsh loneliness of the 19th century American west and the links between criminality and fame.

Buy or Rent (watch online)
Appaloosa/The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford – Double Feature DVD
Wyatt Earp/ The Assassination of Jesse James (BD) (DBFE) [Blu-ray]
Modern Western 3-Movie Collection – Young Gun s(Special Edition), Appaloosa & The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 3-DVD Bundle



Directed by Andrew Dominik
Produced by Ridley Scott, Jules Daly, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, David Valdes
Screenplay by Andrew Dominik
Music by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by Dylan Tichenor, Curtiss Clayton
Running time 160 minutes
Country United States
Language English