The Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James

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"They shot their way into American history."
  • NR
  • 2003
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.2  (477)

The Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James is a 1986 Western film, directed by William A. Graham and starring Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Marcia Cross. The film is based on the lives of Frank and Jesse James, the infamous outlaw brothers who became popular figures during the wild west era. The story begins after the Civil War, where the defeated Confederate soldiers Frank and Jesse James return to their hometown in Missouri. However, the Union army has taken over their family farm, leaving their mother, Zerelda James (played by June Carter Cash), in a precarious situation. The James brothers then take matters into their own hands and engage in several robberies, targeting banks, trains, and stagecoaches, to regain their lost property and seek revenge against the Union army.

Throughout the film, we see the James brothers struggle with their notorious reputation and their diminishing options as they become outlaws. Johnny Cash plays the role of Sheriff Edward Tilton, who is tasked with capturing the James brothers before they cause more destruction in the town. Despite his duty, Sheriff Tilton has mixed feelings about the James brothers and acknowledges the injustices that led them to a life of crime.

Kris Kristofferson, on the other hand, plays the role of Jesse James, the more volatile and impulsive of the brothers. Jesse's character is portrayed as a man attempting to direct his anger at the Union army and the government that has wronged him and his family. In contrast, Marcia Cross plays Zee Mimms, the love interest of Frank James (played by Johnny Cash). Zee is a rebellious young woman who defies societal norms and risks everything to be with Frank.

The Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James presents a fictionalized version of the James brothers' last days and their final moments. The film raises questions about the outlaw's morality and motivations, depicting them as victims of a corrupt government and society. The film provides insight into the brothers' lives, including their relationships with their family, their community, and their fellow outlaws.

The performances in the film are strong, with Cash showcasing his acting skills alongside his singing abilities. Kristofferson gives a convincing portrayal of Jesse James, showing the character's explosive anger and cunning wit. Marcia Cross's performance as Zee is a standout, capturing the spirit of a young woman defying the expectations of the society around her.

Overall, The Last Days Of Frank And Jesse James is a captivating Western film that explores the legendary lives of the James brothers. The film unfolds the story of the infamous outlaws who became beloved figures in American folklore, and portrays the tragic end of their tale. With solid performances from the cast and a well-crafted script, the movie delivers an engaging cinematic experience that is sure to satisfy fans of the Western genre.

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    6.2  (477)