The Long Riders

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The Long Riders
Long riders ver1.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Walter Hill
Produced by Tim Zinnemann
Stacy Keach
James Keach
Written by Bill Bryden
Steven Phillip Smith
Stacy Keach
James Keach
Starring James Keach
Stacy Keach
David Carradine
Robert Carradine
Keith Carradine
Dennis Quaid
Randy Quaid
Christopher Guest
Nicholas Guest
Savannah Smith Boucher
Music by Ry Cooder
Cinematography Ric Waite
Editing by Freeman A. Davies
David Holden
Studio Huka Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates May 16, 1980
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $15,795,189.00[1]

The Long Riders is a 1980 western film directed by Walter Hill. It was produced by James Keach, Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann and featured an original soundtrack by Ry Cooder. Cooder won the Best Music award in 1980 from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for this soundtrack. The film was entered into the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


During the years following the Civil War, banks and trains become the targets of the James-Younger gang, outlaws who terrorize the American Midwest. The band of robbers is led by Jesse James and Cole Younger, along with several of their brothers.

A detective named Rixley from the Pinkerton's agency remains on their trail. By the time the James-Younger gang rides far north in September 1876 to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, word is out about them and the town has been warned.

The holdup goes wrong in every way. The bank's vault has been set on a timer and cannot be opened. A cashier and another citizen are shot and killed. While trying to escape, the gang is fired upon by the townspeople, who have barricaded both ends of the main street. Two outlaws are killed and all of the Youngers are badly wounded.

Jesse and Frank James are forced to leave the Youngers behind when they return home to Missouri. An attempt is made by Rixley to make the Youngers reveal where the Jameses can be found by offering them a more lenient sentence, but the Youngers remain loyal. Former gang members Bob and Charlie Ford, however, go to Jesse James' home and shoot him in the back. Frank James turns himself in to Rixley, but only on the condition that he can first attend his brother's funeral.


The Long Riders is a notable film in part due to Hill's decision to cast four sets of actor brothers as the real-life sets of brothers:

It also features an uncredited appearance by Ever Carradine[citation needed], daughter of Robert Carradine and niece to David and Keith Carradine. Additionally James Keach's son, Kalen Keach, is cast as Jesse James's son Jesse E. James. Savannah Smith Boucher played Zee, or Jesse James' wife, Zerelda Mimms.


Some of the movie, especially the Northfield scene, was shot in Parrott, Georgia.


The film currently has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3][4][5][6]


The music for the film was composed, arranged, and performed by Ry Cooder. Some of the songs were released as an album, The Long Riders.


  1. ^ "The Long Riders (1980)". Box Office Mojo. 1982-01-01. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Long Riders". Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ "The Long Riders". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  4. ^ Philip French. "The Long Riders | Film | The Observer". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  5. ^ "The Long Riders". Variety. 1979-12-31. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  6. ^ Schickel, Richard (1980-06-16). "Cinema: Hard Traveling - TIME". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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