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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

"Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal"

Everyone in 1880's America knows Jesse James. He's the nation's most notorious criminal, hunted by the law in 10 states. He's also the land's greatest hero, lauded as a Robin Hood by the public. Robert Ford? No one knows him. Not Yet. But the ambitious 19-year-old aims to change that. He'll befriend Jesse, ride with his gang. And if that doesn't bring Ford fame, he'll ...

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Released: Sep 2nd, 2007
Budget: $30,000,000.00
Revenue: $14,711,793.00

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Main Cast

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Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
plays Jesse James
Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
plays Zee James
Brooklynn Proulx
Brooklynn Proulx
plays Mary James
Dustin Bollinger
Dustin Bollinger
plays Tim James
Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
plays Robert Ford
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Making "James" was a long and arduous process. There was a well-publicized tug-of-war between director Andrew Dominik, who caught Hollywood's attention with indie title Chopper and Warners over the editing of the film. Warners' wasn't entirely in sync with the pacing of the movie, or the length. Dominik was thinking more like 'Terence Malick' in examining the relationship between the famous outlaw and his eventual assassin, Robert Ford, played by Casey Affleck. Warners was in favor of having at least a bit more action. Ultimately, Warners went with Dominik's version, even though Dominik didn't have final cut as part of his contract. Part of the reason was that Pitt, who produced the movie through his Plan B shingle, backed Dominik. At one point along the way, Pitt and exec producer Ridley Scott had put together their own cut. When it tested to only so-so results, they went back to Dominik's. The original cut of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" was nearly four hours long. It was edited down to two hours and forty minutes, its current runtime, at the studio's request. However, it did play at least once at its original 4-hour length, most notably at the Venice Film Festival, where Brad Pitt picked up the Best Actor Award. After the viewing, critics at the festival called the film "majestic."
  • Although the film had two production designers (Patricia Norris and Richard Hoover), only one name was allowed to be listed in the credits. Because of this, both decided to go uncredited.
  • Ron Hansen, writer of the novel, spent about a week on the set, and helped with editing and even enjoyed a cameo in the film. During an interview, Hansen lauded the acting prowess of Casey Affleck, who he thought added his own perspective to the complicated character of Robert Ford. Hansen then says, "In some ways it feels like he was born to play this role."
  • Movie Goof (factual errors): When speaking about the last robbery, Wells Bank, Jesse states to Bob that Platte City is 30 south of Kansas City. It's actually 30 miles NORTH of Kansas City.
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