Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Long Riders

The Long Riders ~ What at first seems like a gimmick film by director Walter Hill is quite good if disjointed. The gimmick is that acting brothers are actually playing brothers in this flick about the James Gang and their infamous exploits.

In the days before the Baldwins, the brothers Keach, Carradine, Quaid and even Guest portray the outlaws of legend here and throughout try to out-hard each other endlessly. Surprisingly the performances are dry with the exception of Pamela Reed as Belle Starr.

The 1980 film is also highlighted by Hill’s trademark slow motion action sequences and a unique yet intriguing soundtrack that we don’t get enough of. Recommended.

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