Long riders

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German title Long riders
Original title The Long Riders
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1980
length 99 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Walter Hill
script Bill Bryden
Steven Smith
Stacy Keach
James Keach
production Tim Zinnemann
music Ry Cooder
camera Ric Waite
cut Freeman A. Davies
David Holden

Long Riders is a 1980 turned Western , in which Walter Hill directed. The film was produced by James Keach , Stacy Keach and Tim Zinnemann . The soundtrack came from Ry Cooder . Cooder won the Best Music Score for this in 1980 , awarded by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.


Long Riders shows the life of the various members of the James Younger gang , although it can be said that the film is historically correct in the main. The film actually begins in the middle of the career of the band, does not address the antecedents of the individual band members, which in the American Civil War as a guerrilla against the Union troops were fighting.

The film is not only concerned with the gang's attacks, but also tries to give a little insight into the private circumstances of the gang members: Frank and Jesse James' weddings as well as love affairs and relationships. Very private aspects are also presented, in addition to the weddings mentioned above, the funeral of the youngest James brother who was killed and the laying out of a farmer friend who had given the gang shelter and was killed in a police operation. Also of note is Cole Younger's relationship with Belle Starr . In addition, the extraordinary interest of the press in the James Younger deeds is reflected, which manifests itself again and again in the meeting of a reporter with Allan Pinkerton .

The behavior of the supporters of the former warring factions is also shown - Union loyalists support Pinkerton in the search and pursuit of Jesse James, which is mostly unsuccessful, as the former supporters of the confederation repeatedly provide shelter for the gang.

Finally, the film ends with the murder of Jesse James by Bob Ford , which happens in a family idyll (Jesse kisses his son goodnight before he is shot), and Frank James volunteers to face the authorities.


"More than an anthology of western scenes, the effectively photographed film often gets stuck in pure externalities and scenes that are useful in themselves, especially in the acts of violence recorded in slow motion."


  • All historical brothers are portrayed by actors who are brothers in real life as well.
  • Another feature of the film are the very explicitly depicted shooting scenes (many special effects were used here ), which is particularly evident in the scene of the attack on the First National Bank in Northfield , Minnesota . Here some of the gang members are killed or seriously injured.
  • In addition to the music of Ry Cooder , classical or traditional music from that time is used on a wide variety of occasions ( wedding or funeral ).

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Approval certificate for long riders . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , April 2011 (PDF; test number: 51 650 V).
  2. Long Riders. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used