The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid

Director: Philip Kaufman Cast: Cliff Robertson, Robert Duvall, Luke Askew

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The oft-told story of the rise and fall of the James Younger gang is given the Dragnet treatment in The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid. With meticulous attention to detail, the film recreates the outlaw gang's most infamous escapade: the September 7, 1876, robbery of "the biggest bank west of the Mississippi" in Northfield, MN. Cliff Robertson plays Cole Younger, and Robert Duvall appears as Jesse James, herein depicted as a pair of vengeance-driven sociopaths, but no worse than the greedy railroad magnates who've driven them into a life of crime. Younger is also quite the manipulator, convincing the immigrant farmers of Northfield that the bank is completely impervious to robbery, thereby increasing the deposits that he intends to steal. Duvall's Jesse James is a cold-blooded murderer, but, like Younger, not without his own personal charm. The climactic raid is filmed cinéma vérité style, looking more like a haphazard CNN news event than a well-oiled machine (this film is not, thankfully, the standard "slick" Hollywood product). Though it drags in spots, The Great Northfield, Minnesota Raid is a superb, iconoclastic reproduction of an era long past.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2007
UPC: 0025195016636
Original Release: 1972
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:32:00
Sales rank: 3,300

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cliff Robertson Cole Younger
Robert Duvall Jesse James
Luke Askew Jim Younger
R.G. Armstrong Clell Miller
Dana Elcar Allen
Bill Callaway Calliopist
Donald Moffat Manning
Jack Manning Heywood
Robert Gravage Farmer
Anne Barton Clell's wife
Nellie Burt Doll Woman
William Challee Old Timer
Elisha Cook Bunker
Liam Dunn Drummer
Marjorie Durant Maybelle
Erik Holland Sheriff
Madeleine Taylor Holmes Old Granny Woman
Herbert Nelson Chief detective
Inger Stratton Singing whore
John Pearce Frank James
Wayne Sutherlin Charley Pitts
Robert H. Harris Wilcox
Royal Dano Gustavson
Mary-Robin Redd Kate
Arthur Peterson Jefferson Jones
Craig Curtis Chadwell
Barry Brown Henry Wheeler
Matt Clark Bob Younger

Technical Credits
Philip Kaufman Director,Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Jennings Lang Producer
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Sariego Asst. Director
Douglas Stewart Editor
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
George C. Webb Art Director

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