The Long Riders
The Long Riders (1980)

The hook in Walter Hill's mythic retelling of the James-Younger outlaw legend is in the casting; the James, Younger, Miller, and Ford Brothers are played by a string of acting brothers, the Keachs, the Carradines, the Quaids and the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1980
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Hill is very much in the American grain, the inheritor of the Ford-Hawks-Walsh tradition of artful, understated action film making.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A beautiful, laconic and unsentimental film.

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Fernando F. Croce

A Western Nirvana

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Walter Hill's first outright failure.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

The Long Riders isn't quite sure which way it wants to ride, but the action scenes and cinematography make up for any misdirection.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The casting problems aside, this is a fairly solid, but not particularly extraordinary film.

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Variety Staff

What's ultimately missing is a definable point of view which would tie together the myriad events on display and fill in the blanks which Hill has imposed on the action by sapping it of emotional or historical meaning.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Hill's lean, mean approach never had a more appealing texture than it does here...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the more idiosyncratic James gang westerns but not necessarily one of the better ones.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Very good western that has been forgotten about and notable for the casting of the Keach brothers, the Guest brothers, the Carradine brothers and the Quaid… More
Michael S
Way underappreciated mood western. One of Walter Hill's finest films.
Ken Stachnik
Like Sam Fuller? Peckinpah? Walter Hill? The Carradine's? The Keach's? The Quaids? The Guests? Then you'll probably enjoy The Long Riders. It… More
xGary Xx
Another typically rose-tinted telling of the James-Younger gang's story by action aficionado Walter Hill. A novel cast in which the sets of brothers are… More
Bobby Hobbs
An amazing portrayal of The Wild West and the most famous gang and notorious outlaws ever to live - The James Younger Gang. Following Jesse James and his… More
Byron Brubaker
The gimmick is all the acting siblings playing siblings, but I like it. The Carradine brothers, David, Keith and Robert, play the Younger brothers. The Keach… More