15 certificateThe Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a Film programme that first aired in 2007 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a 4 star programme

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

Directed by
Andrew Dominik

By 1881, the legend of Jesse James (Brad Pitt) had already been written... all but the last chapter. For nearly 15 years, the Missouri outlaw had robbed banks, stagecoaches and trains. He was living under a different name in a house in Kansas City, occasionally venturing on small raids, when Bob Ford (Casey Affleck) joined his gang. Ford wasn't a gangster; all he knew were the ten-gallon myths of dime novels, but he was keen. So the gunslinger welcomed the man who was to kill him with a gun Jesse gave him.

Pitt is excellent as the ageing outlaw, but it's the Oscar-nominated Affleck who surprises as the creepy, determined wannabe who already knows everything about his idol. "Can't figure it out," says Jesse. "Do you want to be like me, or do you want to be me?"

This isn't a Winchester-toting, wham-bam western, but a psychological crime drama, weaving together dark strands of both hero-worship and betrayal. Highly recommended.

Genre: Film

Production Year: 2007

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Casey AffleckCasey Affleck...Robert Ford
Image for Brad PittBrad Pitt...Jesse James
Image for Sam RockwellSam Rockwell...Charley Ford
Image for Paul SchneiderPaul Schneider...Dick Liddil
Image for Jeremy RennerJeremy Renner...Wood Hite
Image for Sam ShepardSam Shepard...Frank James
Image for Garret DillahuntGarret Dillahunt...Ed Miller
Alison Elliott...Martha Bolton
James Carville...Governor Crittenden
Image for Mary-Louise ParkerMary-Louise Parker...Zee James
Brooklynn Proulx...Mary James
Dustin Bollinger...Tim James
Image for Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel...Dorothy Evans
Hugh Ross...Narrator
Joel McNichol...Express Messenger