Jesse James is a thief, but also something of an idol to young boys who grew up playing cops and robbers. Robert Ford was just one of those boys who looked up to James, from the time he was a young boy all the way to adulthood. There was something brave, adventurous, dangerous, and exciting about what he did. It was enough to entice any young boy.
This childlike enthusiasm and respect for Jesse James and the train-robbing tactics he pulls ignites Ford to try to become part of James' group of bandits. Through trial and error and many failed attempts to become one of James' own, Ford grows cynical and bitter of the life he strives to be a part of.
Ford has a new mission when it comes to Jesse James and his group of outlaws. Journey through the final months of Jesse James life, as the coward Robert Ford seeks vengeance and lives on to reenact this bold move.
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.