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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

160 min
Biography | Crime | Drama | History | Western
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Andrew Dominik
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 33 wins & 44 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2007-10-10
Filming Locations: Fort Edmonton Park - Fox Drive and Whitemud Drive, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Budget: $30,000,000
Opening Weekend: $147,812 (USA) (23 September 2007)
Gross: $3,904,982 (USA) (27 January 2008)
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Michael Parks
Michael Parks
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Mary-Louise Parker
Zee James
Brooklynn Proulx
Mary James
Dustin Bollinger
Tim James
Casey Affleck
Robert Ford
Sam Rockwell
Charley Ford
Jeremy Renner
Wood Hite
Sam Shepard
Frank James
Garret Dillahunt
Ed Miller
Paul Schneider
Dick Liddil
Joel McNichol
Express Messenger
James Defelice
Baggagemaster (as James DeFelice)
J.C. Roberts
Darrell Orydzuk
Ukranian Train Passenger
Jonathan Erich Drachenberg
Young Train Passenger
Torben Hansen
Danish Train Passenger (as Torben S. Hansen)
Alison Elliott
Martha Bolton
Lauren Calvert
Kailin See
Sarah Hite
Tom Aldredge
Major George Hite
Jesse Frechette
Albert Ford
Pat Healy
Wilbur Ford
Ted Levine
Sheriff Timberlake
Joel Duncan
James Carville
Governor Crittenden
Stephanie Wahlstrom
Store Customer
Adam Arlukiewicz
Ian Ferrier
Photographer (as Ian Ferrier)
Michael Rogers
Onlooker at Jesse's Death
Calvin Bliid
Jesse E. James aka Tim
Sarah Lind
Bob's Girlfriend
Nick Cave
Bowery Saloon Singer
Matthew Walker
Bowery Saloonkeeper
Zooey Deschanel
Dorothy Evans
Michael Copeman
Edward O'Kelly
Laryssa Yanchak
Ella Mae Waterson
Hugh Ross
Narrator (voice)
Kalyn Bomback
Theatre goer (uncredited)
Doug Christian
Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Carey Feehan
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Sara Fowlow
Girl of Sixteen (uncredited)
Catherine Gell
Widow (uncredited)
Anthony Harrison
Marshal Craig (uncredited)
Barb Mitchell
Upscale Guest (uncredited)
Sarah Murphy-Dyson
Girl Playing Zee (uncredited)
Myles Peterman
Train Boy (uncredited)
Myrna Vallance
The Governors Wife (uncredited)
Trevor Woroby
Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Did you know?
Nick Cave:  a composer for the film is the "minstrel" whom Robert Ford confronts in the bar towards the end of film.
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At the beginning of the film, Jesse James' finger disfigurement is revealed to the audience. If one pays close attention, the top half of Brad Pitt's left middle finger is painstakingly erased in every single scene it appears in with the help of computer graphics.
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The debate rages on as to whether Bob Ford used a Smith & Wesson No. 3 - either the .45 caliber "Schofield" or the New Model .44 Russian - or a Colt Single-Action Army (aka "Peacemaker") in .45 caliber, to kill Jesse James. Many of the primary sources are contradictory to one another - Ford surrendered a nickel plated No. 3 S&W at the time of his arrest shortly after the killing, yet later claimed he had used (and is seen holding in a famous photo) a .45 Colt. Whatever the truth may be, both versions are presented in the movie in a unique way. In the film, Ford uses the nickel-plated S&W, which Ford claimed was a gift from Jesse (who is reported to have favored the No. 3) to commit the killing, yet he later uses the .45 Colt Single Action in he and his brother Charley's stage re-enactment of the event.
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Towards the end of the film, Robert Ford shoots, then throws the gun on the floor. The gun disappears when Robert Ford leaves.
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When Dick Liddil awakens and goes downstairs to investigate a noise he takes a revolver from under his pillow and cocks it. A second later as he goes down the steps by candle light the pistol is clearly not cocked.
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In every scene where Jesse smokes a cigar, the length of the cigar as well as the size of the ash at the foot of the cigar varies tremendously across shots. Such variation cannot be accounted for by normal burning off of the cigar as one smokes it.
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Jesse James: [Bob walks in on Jesse in the bath] Go away.
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Robert Ford: I've been a nobody all my life. I was the baby; I was the one they made promises to that they never kept. And ever since I can recall it, Jesse James has been as big as a tree. I'm prepared for this, Jim. And I'm going to accomplish it. I know I won't get but this one opportunity and you can bet your life I'm not going to spoil it.
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Robert Ford: [Looking at Wood lying on the floor in a pool of blood with a bullet hole in his head] He's still suckin' air, but I think he's a goner.
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Why was it post-poned so long?
No studio would actually take the film because no studio would believe that it would make any money.
What were Robert Ford's "right words"?
Bob Ford was apparently dead before he could utter what ever was going on in his mind at that final moment of his existence. Realistically, a person who has been shot in the neck at point-blank range with a shotgun would not be saying anything to the caliber of his "right words". Many viewers mistake these last lines rather frequently, as if they want to believe Bob spontaneously composed a spirit-freeing sonnet as he fell to the floor, and recited it aloud as he slipped away from consciousness. With that said, there really were no "right words", because he did not say anything at the time of his death. If he had, eyewitnesses would have documented it.
Why such a long name?
From IMDb's trivia section for this movie:According to Andrew Dominik, Brad Pitt had it put in his contract that the name of the movie was not to be changed.It's also the original title of the book upon which the film is based, and it's in keeping with the time the film is set.
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Photos from cast
Brad Pitt Michael Parks