The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is a 2007 Western drama film adapted from Ron Hansen's 1983 novel of the same name. It tells the story of Robert Ford a seemingly insecure young man who has grown up idolizing Jesse James and is often seen as a coward by those around him. The film debunks some of the myths commonly attributed to James, and focuses its attention on celebrity worship and the distortion of history into legend.
The film is directed by Andrew Dominik, with Brad Pitt portraying Jesse James and Casey Affleck as Robert Ford. Filming took place in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg. Initially intended for a 2006 release, the film was postponed and re-edited for a September 21, 2007 release. While the film contains representations of historical figures, it notably dramatizes the relationship between James and Ford.
Brad Pitt. James Gandolfini. Sam Rockwell. Richard Jenkins. Casey Affleck. Mark Ruffalo. Javier Bardem. Now Ray Liotta. When you write and direct a film as masterful as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," a film that gets better and better with every passing day, this is the sort of cast you're able to assemble.
The film in question is "Cogan's Trade," Andrew Domink's adaptation of a 1974 novel by George V.