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Long Riders

By Marshall Fine

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. 


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"Iíve never heard of such as casting. Has to be some kind of record! The director probably deserved a purple heart for having to deal with all the sibling rivalries."


"WOW!!!! What a visual. It nearly had the feel of a semi-documentary. It was very earthy. The 4 sets of brothers interacted with an ease that reflected in realism! The Long Riders and Peckinpaughs, Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid were breakthrough westerns."


"One of the best western movies ever made, primarily due to the use of period music, such as "Jack of Diamonds.""




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Director: Walter Hill

Stars: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Christopher Guest, Nicholas Guest, Pamela Reed, Savannah Smith, James Whitmore Jr., Harry Carey Jr.

Released: May 16, 1980

Availability: DVD VHS CD

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