The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

In this western, Jessie James (Robert Duvall), Cole Younger (Cliff Robertson), 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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 12, 1972
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

An offbeat, ragged but totally absorbing Western.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The finale bank heist is well-executed and possibly excuses the pic's flaws.

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Fernando F. Croce

A Preston Sturgesian portrait of myth

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Variety Staff

[The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid] may be a valiant attempt but fails to come off.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
Robertson is a thinker and a dreamer, and Duval is a psychopath, who wants to keep on the Civil War to keep on killing; the film is unique for those two… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
An authentic and grungy western outlaw life is portrayed. There's little glamour here. It shows what drove the men to do what they did. It shows what a… More