Ride with the Devil (1999)

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    Plot Summary
    Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts.
    Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers,
    so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South.
    One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom.
    They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food.
    She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded,
    Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge,
    make a raid into Kansas. At 19, Jake is ill at ease with war.
    As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies.

    Full Cast
    Tobey Maguire ... Jake Roedel
    Jeremy W. Auman ... Guard
    Scott Sener ... Guard (as Scott C. Sener)
    Skeet Ulrich ... Jack Bull Chiles
    Glenn Q. Pierce ... Minister
    Kathleen Warfel ... Mrs. Chiles
    David Darlow ... Asa Chiles
    Zan McLeod ... Wedding Musician - Guitar
    John Whelan ... Wedding Musician - Accordion
    Roger Landes ... Wedding Musician - Mandolin
    Jeffrey Dover ... Wedding Musician - Drums
    Tyler Johnson ... Wedding Musician - Drums
    Kelly Werts ... Wedding Musician - Fiddle
    Michael W. Nash ... Horton Lee, Sr.
    John Judd ... Otto Roedel
    Don Shanks ... George
    Jay Thorson ... Ted
    Dean Vivian ... Storekeeper
    Cheryl Weaver ... Storekeeper's Wife
    Jim Caviezel ... Black John
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Pitt Mackeson
    Simon Baker ... George Clyde
    Matthew Faber ... Turner Rawls
    Tom Guiry ... Riley Crawford (as Thomas Guiry)
    Jonathan Brandis ... Cave Wyatt
    Jeffrey Wright ... Daniel Holt
    Celia Weston ... Mrs. Clark
    and many, many more...

    Anne Carey .... associate producer
    Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
    Ted Hope .... producer
    David Linde .... executive producer
    James Schamus .... producer

    Writing Credits
    Daniel Woodrell (novel "Woe to Live On")
    James Schamus (screenplay)

    Original Music
    Mychael Danna

    Frederick Elmes

    The looting and burning of Lawrence, Kansas actually occurred on 21 August 1863.

    The scenes of the Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas were filmed in Pattonsburg, Missouri. Pattonsburg was flooded out during the great flood of 1993 and the town was relocated leaving many empty buildings and homes available.

    According to Jewel Kilcher, director Ang Lee cast her as Sue mainly because of her crooked teeth, which he thought looked like the teeth a poor woman living in the 1860s would have.

    Civil-war era skirts did not have even one in-seam pocket, let alone two. Fancy Chatelaines were used to hold purses and other items by the wealthier women, and the poorer classes made do with cloth pockets suspended from a strap that was pinned to the waistband. Flat surface pockets came in after the closing of the civil war.

    In the very last scene, as Holt is riding away you can see three flashes of light in the sky - landing lights from planes circling a nearby airport.
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    After German boy is told his father was killed, there is a brief scene of a woman standing in a doorway. The door has modern day machine-made lace.

    When Jake is preparing to go to bed after his marriage and is talking with Daniel Holt he removes his left boot three times.

    Incorrectly regarded as goofs
    A wooden country revival style "teddy bear" is seen in "Aunt Wilma's" parlor. The distinctive "teddy bear" was created in honor of Teddy Roosevelt, decades later, however toy wooden bears were common items even before the Civil War. The story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" was written in 1834, greatly increasing interest in toy bears. Stuffed bear toys started showing up in catalogs as early as 1894, long before Teddy Roosevelt was associated with them.

    Revealing mistakes
    When Jake complains of losing the upper-half of his pinky finger, the brace holding down the top joints of the actor's finger is briefly shown as the camera pulls in on his hand.

    The revolver aimed by Jake Rudel does not display blank safety wads. It is a well-known fact that black powder filled chambers finished off with the tamped-down ball only, were not safe from cross firing of the adjacent chamber. So it was always minimized by finishing off the chamber with lard or other material that would isolate it thereby minimizing the danger of inadvertent adjacent chamber discharge.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Doniphan, Kansas, USA
    Kansas City, Missouri, USA
    Leavenworth, Kansas, USA
    Lexington, Missouri, USA
    Miami, Kansas, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Ride with the Devil is a 1999 American Revisionist Western film directed by Ang Lee
    The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by James Schamus,
    based on a book entitled Woe to Live On, by author Daniel Woodrell.
    The events portrayed in the novel and film take place in Missouri,
    amidst escalating guerrilla warfare at the onset of the American Civil War.
    Within the film, a loose dramatization of the Lawrence Massacre is depicted.
    Incorporated in the plot is the character of Jake Roedel, played by actor Tobey Maguire.
    Roedel, a Southern militiaman, joins a group of marauders known as the Bushwhackers.
    The gang attempt to disrupt and marginalize the political activities of Northern Jayhawkers
    allied with Union soldiers.
    The ensemble cast also features Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright, Jonathan Brandis, Jim Caviezel and musician Jewel.

    The film was a co-production between the motion picture studios of Universal Studios
    and Good Machine. Theatrically,
    it was commercially distributed by the USA Films division of Universal. In 2010,
    The Criterion Collection released a restored high-definition digital transfer of the film
    for the home media market.
    Ride with the Devil explores politics, violence and war.
    Following its limited release in theaters, the film failed to garner any award nominations
    for its acting or production merits from accredited film organizations.
    On November 23, 1999, the original motion picture soundtrack was released by the
    Atlantic Records label.
    The film score was composed and orchestrated by Mychael Danna and Nicholas Dodd.
    Singer songwriter Jewel also contributed a musical track to the score
    from her second studio album Spirit.

    Principal photography began on March 25, 1998. Ride with the Devil premiered
    in theaters nationwide in the United States on November 26, 1999 grossing $635,096 in domestic ticket receipts.
    Taking into account its $38 million budget costs, the film was considered a major box office bomb.
    However, preceding its initial screening in cinemas, the film was generally met with positive critical reviews.
    With its initial foray into the home video rental market; the widescreen DVD edition of the film
    featuring the theatrical trailer, scene selections, and production notes, among other highlights,
    was released in the United States on July 18, 2000.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • This is one of the very best Civil War movies and hardly anyone has seen it.
    For the record, the longer director's cut of 148 minutes was released in 2010 on blue ray and DVD. It adds considerably to the Lawrence, Kansas scene and nuances of character development.
    The film gradually focuses in on two sets of men: Jack Bull is the alpha male of one pair (with a name like that, you bet) and his sidekick is his bland neighbor Jake Roedel.
    The other two are handsomely rakish George Clyde (who styles himself like Custer) and his slave Holt.
    Without giving away plot points, eventually Jack Bull and George Clyde leave the scene, requiring the two sidekicks to join forces. The manner in which they form a team is a joy to watch unfold.
    This a fine film and I recommend it. I've sprung it (Hell, insisted on it) on many friends on movie night. Invariably they say they never heard of it and afterwards say how come I never heard about it.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • Thanks @Gorch for the review. Add it to my list.