Based on true life, this fast-paced drama thrillingly traces the complex sequence of events that turned out to be the last months of Jesse James's life, from meeting Robert Ford, a 19-year-old who idolizes Jesse, to the day Ford shoots him in the back of the head.
Jesse's a wanted man, living under a pseudonym, carrying out a train robbery, disappearing to Kentucky, and reappearing to plan a bank holdup with Robert and Robert's brother as his team. The rest of the gang is dead, arrested, or gone from Missouri.
Whenever Jesse's around, there's tension: he's murderous, quixotic, depressed, and cautious. Ford wants to be somebody and wants the reward. On April 3, 1882, things come to a head: Jesse is 34, Robert 20. Ford becomes famous, reenacting the shooting on stage, but how long will he be able to live down the label 'coward'?
Cast: Brad Pitt, Brooklynn Proulx, Mary-Louise Parker
Crew: Andrew Dominik (Director), Roger Deakins (Director of Photography), Nick Cave (Music Director), Warren Ellis (Music Director)
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Biography, Western
Release Dates: 30 Nov 2007 (India)
Tagline: Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal.
Did you know?
Sam Shepard (Frank James) was in his 60s and Brad Pitt (Jesse James) was in his 40s during filming. The characters they play are supposed to be in their 30s. Casey Affleck was in his early 30s which approximates Bob Ford's age during the epilogue but is much older than Ford's age during the main plot. Read More