The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
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The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
In this western, Jessie James, Cole Younger, and their gang of outlaws concoct a plan to rob the biggest bank west of the Mississippi. After a series of mishaps, the group makes it to Northfield, Minnesota, where the bank is located. However, their carefully-planned scheme slowly starts to unravel.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"For all its flaws, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid is the kind of first movie so rich in texture and invention that we can look forward to a lot more from Philip Kaufman."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Interesting for its demonstration of how exploitative capitalism leads simple-minded farmers' boys into outlawry, though somewhat marred by Duvall's manic interpretation of the role of Jesse James."
‑ , Time Out
"An offbeat, ragged but totally absorbing Western."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lovely, odd sort of middle Western. That is, it's neither conventional Western fiction nor completely documented fact, although it makes full use of history and is as crammed with the artifacts of 19th-century America."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A Preston Sturgesian portrait of myth"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Kaufman's own script never gels and the whole exercise, admirable as it is and enlivened by quirky decidedly unwestern like humour, fails to make much dramatic impact."
‑ , Film4
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