The True Story Of Jesse James


Ignore the title – Nicholas Ray’s final Western cleaves no closer to the ‘truth’ about the legendary outlaw than most other Hollywood accounts. But then what Ray originally planned was a defiantly non-naturalistic, ballad-like approach, with characters stepping out of the darkness into a circle of light to tell their tale. Fox vetoed that and imposed the bland Robert Wagner in the title role. The result, like so many of Ray’s movies, is an intriguing mess, shot through with moments of passion and visual grandeur.


Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 3rd 2007

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