The Long Riders

Production year: 1980

Western R   Running time: 1:39 

IMDB rating:   7.1     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English, French;  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish;  Audio: DD 5.1

This terrific Walter Hill Western follows the careers of the James and Younger brothers--and uses the nifty idea of casting actual clans of acting siblings in the roles. Thus, the James brothers are played by James and Stacy Keach; the Youngers by David, Keith, and Robert Carradine; the Millers by Randy and Dennis Quaid; and the Fords by Christopher and Nicholas Guest. Hill, working with an evocative Ry Cooder score, creates a film that is at once breathtakingly exciting and elegiac in its treatment of these post-Civil War outlaws. The Keaches in particular bring a surprising dignity to the roles of Frank and Jesse James, while David Carradine is a hoot as Cole Younger--and the Quaids mimic real life (as it was for them then) in their battles as the Miller brothers. Bloody, to be sure, but also bloody good.



Audio commentary
Trailers/TV spots

Special features

Interviews with Stars Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Randy Quaid & Nicholas Guest
Interview with Director Walter Hill
Interview with Composer Ry Cooder
Interview with Producer Tim Zinnemann
Outlaw Brother: The Making of The Long Riders (61 min.)
The Northfield Minnesota Raid: Anatomy of a Scene (15 Min.)
Slow Motion: Walter Hill on Sam Peckinpah (6 min.)
Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell & Nathaniel Thompson


The Long Riders