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6,328 Ratings

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Directed by Andrew Dominik
United States, Canada, 2007
Biography, Crime, Drama


Notorious outlaw Jesse James is a hero to many including the young and zealous Robert Ford. A wanted man with big money riding on his capture, James’ demise may ultimatley come from within his own ranks.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Directed by Andrew Dominik

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2007 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

2008 | 2 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Critics reviews

With every year since I first saw it, the film has grown in importance to me. Its cast is littered with gifted performers at the height of their power and luminousness. Its score, by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is a classic in its own right. With apologies to Terrence Malick, whose style Dominik occasionally co-opts without mercy, it’s the most visually beautiful movie of the last 30 years. Many of cinematographer Roger Deakins’ images were shot with lenses made specifically for the film.
July 01, 2015
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…How, then, does the film stand up? To look at it now, divorced from its reputation as a failure, “Jesse James” seems like something of an aberration: more “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” than “Unforgiven”, Dominik’s film seems quaintly melancholic, an old-fashioned lamentation for the iconography of the west, a study of a historical moment’s recording which aspires, perhaps too loftily, to follow in the footsteps of “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.
December 06, 2013
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