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James, Frank, 1844-1915 -- Drama, James, Jesse, 1847-1882 -- Drama, Outlaws -- Italy -- Drama, Outlaws -- United States -- Drama

The True Story of Jesse James

featuring

Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Hope Lange, Agnes Moorehead,

As a posse tracks down the James brothers after a botched bank raid in Minnesota, the film sets out to tell their "true story," which, in classic Ray fashion, shows Jesse turning outlaw as a reaction to the humiliation of Southern farmers in the aftermath of the Civil War. Echoing Rebel Without a Cause, Ray called this "a film about displaced youth." Superbly shot with a sweeping, dynamic sense of space and enclosure, and punctuated by sad ballads delivered by a blind wandering minstrel, Jesse James remakes a myth in very personal terms.

James Quandt
TIFF Cinematheque
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Walter Newman
  • Nunnally Johnson
Cinematographer
  • Joe MacDonald
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 92 mins
Source
  • Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • Criterion Collection
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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973

The true story of Jesse James (review), Variety, Brog., 1957

Nicholas Ray: adding up the details (article), Charles Barr

[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group

'The true story of Jesse James' sheds new light on famous outlaw (distributor materials)

The true story of Jesse James (advertisement)

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