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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (often shortened to The Assassination of Jesse James or simply as Jesse James) is a 2007 American Western drama film. The film is directed by Andrew Dominik, with Brad Pitt portraying Jesse James and Casey Affleck as his killer, Robert Ford.
Filming took place in rural Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially intended for a 2006 release, it was postponed and re-edited for a September 21, 2007 release. An adaptation of Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel of the same name, the film dramatizes the relationship between James and Ford. This is Pitt’s and Affleck’s first collaboration outside of the Ocean’s trilogy.
The film was adapted from Ron Hansen’s 1983 novel of the same name.
Unlike Jesse James movies of the past, Andrew Dominik’s film is presented as a psychoanalytical historical epic rather than a shoot-’em-up western. The movie details the outlaw’s deteriorating psyche during his final months of life as he slowly succumbs to paranoia and develops a precarious friendship with his eventual assassin, Robert Ford. The strange relationship between the two men is examined over the course of the film.
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