The Long Riders

Hill's film holds its head high in a distinguished company of movies about the Jesse James/Cole Younger gang, refusing to bother too much about historical facts or psychological motivation, instead serving up a potted commentary on the conventions of the genre itself. Concentrating on familiar rituals - the funeral, the hoe-down, the robbery (a stunning tour de force in slow motion) - Hill pays tribute to such directors as Ford, Hawks and Ray, emphasises the mythic aspects of the Western, and focuses on the subjects of kinship and the land (probably suggested by Scotsman Bill Bryden's screenplay). This last theme is emphasised by Hill's coup of casting real-life brothers as the members of the gang. A beautiful, laconic and unsentimental film.

Release details

Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Walter Hill
Screenwriter: Bill Bryden, Steven Philip Smith, Stacy Keach Sr, James Keach
Cast: David
Keith and Robert Carradine
James and Stacy Keach
Dennis and Randy Quaid
Nicholas and Christopher Guest
Harry Carey Jr
Pamela Reed
James Remar
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