The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)


“[referring to his bullet wounds] Fourteen times in fifteen years. Makes a fellow wonder if he choose the right line of work.” – Cole Younger

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Aug 2020)

Brief Synopsis – The Younger and James boys work together in order to pull off the most auspicious bank robbery ever attempted.

My Take on it – having sen a few movies about the outlaw gangs of the James and Younger brothers, I was curious to see this version of their stories.

This is a fun western that allows us to see a different perspective and perception of this outlaw gang and the way they were seen by the law and by the residence of the areas they roamed through.

This film actually gives us a way of seeing how these men were perceived as Robin Hood-ish in certain circles while others only saw them as being quite despicable.

Cliff Robertson does a wonderful job in the lead role of Cole Younger and he is helped along by Robert Duvall as Jesse James.

The film uses narration to punctuate certain event along the way and that helps make this story feel even more realistic and historical, even if it isn’t a true fairy tale.

The supporting cast is also great and there are lots of familiar faces among them including Donald Moffat, Dana Elcar and Matt Clark in early film roles.

Bottom Line – Fun western that tries to give us a much different perspective and perception of the outlaw gangs of the Youngers and James’.  The film shows how some of their actions were seen as Robin Hood-ish by the people while others were despicable beyond a doubt. Robertson is great in the lead role of Younger and is helped along by Duvall as the notorious Jesse James. The narration enhances the story because it makes it all feel as if it is being recanted as a fairy tale kind of story featuring these bandits.  Loved seeing Moffat, Elcar and Clark in an early roles. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The production crew built several false front building façades which are still in Jacksonville, lending a nineteenth century flavor to the town. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

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