The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

Beyond the myth lies America's greatest betrayal.

Blu-ray, 2h 40min
Rating: 7.5
Votes: 170623
Languages: English, Danish
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Director: Andrew Dominik

Plot outline

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Plots

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. - Anonymous

Taking place in Missouri in the early 1880s, the film dramatizes the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford the following April. In the time between these two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise. - Cole Matthews

A brother to one of the members of the James Gang, Robert Ford idolizes Jesse and wants to fit in during a time the gang is slowing down on their criminal activity. Ford eventually turns from a groupie after James settles down to wanting the notoriety of being the one who is responsible for bringing him to justice. The beauty of the story telling along with the wonderful country winter scenes makes this into an art form I really enjoy watching it is slow paced and historically accurate.