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|The True Story of Jesse James|
Actors: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead, Alan Hale Jr.
Director: Nicholas Ray
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Mystery & Suspense
Legendary fifties director Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without A Cause) retells the Jesse James saga, starring Robert Wagner as the legendary bank robber. As Jesse James attempts to evade the law, those who know him best -- his br... more »
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Not very compelling
R. Gale | Los Angeles, CA United States | 03/20/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Although this version of the Jesse James story is more factual than most, it's at the expense of entertainment. Robert Wagner simply does not have the charisma that the character needs for us to believe that so many men, older than he was, were willing to follow him. Nor are any of the characters particularly well drawn, which doesn't give the actors much to do. The story is told in flashback form, starting with Northfield, but this does not seem to be to the film's advantage. The first 10 or more minutes are spent with the Northfield posse trying to track and find the gang, and because there are no characters to be invested in, it's rather dull. Later, when the flashbacks catch up to the present, we see some of the same material again. Interestingly, the screenplay credit says it's based on Nunnally Johnson's screenplay for the 1939 version with Tyrone Power. That version took a lot of liberties with the history, but is far more entertaining.
Technically, the DVD looks fine. It's a clean print, nice transfer with decent color. A trailer and a newsreel clip comprise the extras."
The James boys ride again
Daniel Lee Taylor | GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas United States | 08/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Essentially a remake of the film "Jesse James", this version has a fine cast. Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter portray Jesse and Frank. In comparision, it is hard to fill the shoes of Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda, but the leads do well. Supporting cast Includes Hope Lang , Agnes Moorehead and Alan Hale. Look for John Carradine who was in the original. A good turn by Nicholas Ray make this a good bet to see."
True Story of Jesse James
Benny Crow | Nacogdoches Texas | 02/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
In the movie "The true Story of Jesse James, the plot is certainly following the traditions of Jesse and Frank being Robin Hoods, when in effect they may have just been Hoods Robbin for Frank and Jesse and no one else. Still it is a good movie for the time and tells much of the story about the ill fated attempt to rob the bank at Northfield Minnesota. They should have never gone into that area in the first place as it took them totally out of their land of sympathizers and into the jowls of Northern veterans and citizens, Be that as it may, I have for years tried to find out who the blind balladeer who sings at the last. The choreagraphy of that final scene with the balladeer and his aid is very story telling and a fitting end to this episode. I wish i could find this song by him in its entirety. You cannot take anything from this movie but good thoughts about all the direction and acting that went ito it. Definitely a classic and worth the money."
Great Psychological Western (and yes it is in widescreen)
Rap22 | 08/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well I finally got to see this on DVD the other day, after waiting years to see it. The True Story of Jesse James is a great psychological western. You could tell that the budget wasn't very high, but this was compensated for by some wonderful character moments.
Unlike what had been listed on this site for months before its release, this DVD is in widescreen. I'm glad that the earlier info on here was a misprint (listing it as full screen), because there is some really great widescreen composition in this film. Check this DVD out if you're a fan of psychological westerns or the work of director Nicholas Ray. Kudos to Fox for releasing this film, and I hope that eventually they release Nicholas Ray's best directed Fox film, Bigger Than Life."