In post-Civil War Missouri, the James-Younger gang are heroes to the local people but when one of their number gets trigger-happy during a bank raid, the authorities are determined to hunt them down.
Powerful novelty casting and a superb score by guitar maestro Ry Cooder are major draws in this authentic-looking, grim ‘n’ grimy western that concerns the events surrounding the notorious Northfield, Minnesota bank raid.
Directed by Walter Hill, it’s very reminiscent of The Wild Bunch (1969) in its use of slow-motion violence and flashbacks.
Three Carradines (David, Keith and Robert) play the Younger brothers, with Stacy and James Keach as Frank and Jesse James; Randy and Dennis Quaid portray the less familiar Miller boys while the Fords (Bob and Charlie) are brought to life by Nicholas and Christopher Guest.
Not to be outdone by the siblings, Pamela Reed gives a knockabout, heartfelt performance in an early role as fiery tough-as-nails madam Belle Starr.
Harry Carey Jr