Frank & Jesse (1994)

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    Plot Summary
    At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice.
    Written by Jeff Hole

    Rob Lowe ... Jesse James
    Bill Paxton ... Frank James
    Randy Travis ... Cole Younger
    Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Annie
    Maria Pitillo ... Zee
    Luke Askew ... Lone Rider
    Sean Patrick Flanery ... Zack Murphy
    Alexis Arquette ... Charlie Ford
    Todd Field ... Bob Younger
    John Pyper-Ferguson ... Clell Miller
    Nicholas Sadler ... Arch Clements (as Nick Sadler)
    William Atherton ... Allan Pinkerton
    Tom Chick ... Detective Whitcher
    Mary Neff ... Widow Miller
    Richard Maynard ... John Sheets
    Jim Flowers ... Bob Ford
    Mari Askew ... Ma James
    William Michael Evans ... Jesse Jr.
    Lyle Armstrong ... McGuff
    Cole S. McKay ... Sheriff Baylor (as Cole McKay)
    Dennis Letts ... Railroad C.E.O.
    John Stiritz ... Ruben Samuels
    Micah Dyer ... John Younger
    Jackie Stewart ... Governor Crittendon
    Chad Linley ... Archie Samuels
    Rhed Khilling ... Stage Driver
    Jerry Saunders ... Northfield Teller
    D.C. 'Dash' Goff ... Engineer
    Robert Moniot ... Young Captain
    Norman Hawley ... Baptist Preacher
    Jeffrey Paul Johnson ... Davies Bank Teller
    Bryce Thomason ... Reporter (as Bryce Anthony Thomason)
    John Paxton ... Working Man
    Elizabeth Hatcher-Travis ... Woman on Train
    Sudie Henson ... Old Woman on Train
    and more...

    Robert Boris

    Writing Credits
    Robert Boris

    Mark Amin ... executive producer
    Cassian Elwes ... producer
    Bruce Wayne Gillies ... line producer
    Andrew Hersh ... co-producer
    Elliott Kastner ... producer
    Rob Lowe ... co-producer

    Mark McKenzie

    Walt Lloyd

    Even though, in the film, Jesse's home is shown as a big two-storey house,
    the original house is in fact much smaller and was located in town.
    However, the actual house still stands, but has been moved three times to its current location,
    next to the Patee House in St. Joseph, Missouri.
    The final scene with Jesse, the chair and picture is exactly how it happened according to Bob Ford.
    In the original house, there is still a dent and blood stain on the floor where Jesse fell.

    Bill Paxton and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson both appeared in another western together, "Tombstone"

    During the celebration of Jesse's new house one of the gang members is clearly carrying a modern Pump Action Shotgun. The earliest type of this weapon wasn't made till nearly a decade after James' death.

    During the Northfield Minnesota Raid, Cole Younger uses a Lever Action 10-Gauge Shotgun to blast his way out of an ice house. The raid took place on September 7th, 1876 and the first models of this type of shotgun wouldn't exist until 1887, more than a decade later.

    During the Northville raid, after Cole Younger (Randy Travis) kills the man who shot him off his horse, you can see two modern-day electrical transformers on a power line pole.

    Boom mic visible
    When the wounded Jesse James falls into the arms of Frank at the fireplace a microphone is visible on the top of the screen.

    In the first shoot out, first Jesse's gun is in his hand, then appears in his pants.

    During the Gallatin robbery the Youngers and Miller fire more shots than their six shooters would hold without reloading.

    During the first shoot out, the railroad man is at first standing in front of his pinto, then he has moved sideways, away from his horse, then before it ends he is back in front of his horse.

    Factual errors
    Jesse would not be standing taking the oath of fidelity to the union, he was shot in the chest trying to surrender and was bedridden for months.

    The James family house was blown up by the Pinkertons in 1875,
    long after the James gang was active and wanted.
    It was blown up in a raid to find Jesse and Frank, and his mothers arm was blown off, in this version it was blown up before the James' crime spree and his mother's arm is intact afterward, but was blown off by a shotgun in a later attack on the James home.

    Archie Clement was never a member of the James gang, although it is alleged Jesse and Frank were members of his gang. Clement never stopped raiding when the war stopped, he was shot by militia shortly after occupying Lexington, Missouri on election day in 1866.

    Allan Pinkerton was never involved, himself, in shoot outs with the James-Younger gangs, nor was he robbed by them.

    The James' brothers did not wait four years to begin their crime spree, it was less than a year after the war ended and probably by February, 1866.

    Revealing mistakes
    When Annie comes to find the two James' brothers shooting up the room while bathing,
    you can clearly hear someones pager vibrating.

    The newspaper headlines about the James Gang exploits during the movie and the underlying text had nothing to do with such captions as 'James Gang Robs Train' and 'Charlie Ford Captured'.

    Zee shoots Pinkerton's nephew from the side but the bullet hole on the corpse is in the front of his forehead.

    Factual errors
    Bob Younger did not die during the Northfield raid, he was captured along with his brothers, Cole and Jim (not portrayed in the film) and given a life sentence. He died in prison of tuberculosis.

    Revealing mistakes
    At 52 minutes into the movie, Pinkerton's nephew, who was shot by Jesse James' wife on the ferry and then rolled into the river, has been found on the riverbank and identified by Pinkerto

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Ole Main, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
    Memorial Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
    Van Buren, Arkansas, USA
    Winslow, Arkansas, USA
    Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Frank and Jesse (also known as Frank & Jesse) is a 1994 American biographical western film
    written and directed by Robert Boris and starring Rob Lowe as Jesse James
    and Bill Paxton as Frank James.
    Based on the story of Jesse James, the film focuses more on the myth of
    The James Brothers than the real history. It originally aired on HBO.

    User Review

    Really Good Western Portrayal of Jesse and Frank James
    6 February 2006 | by f-u-b-a-r-12 (United States)

    This was the second Jesse James film I ever saw. I first saw American Outlaws and realized that it wasn't very accurate. This is not a great film like Dances With Wolves or Tombstone, but is very good in my book. It shows a lot about what the former confederates had to go through after the war. The movie really shows the darker side of Jesse James and how passionate he was about what he did. Rob Lowe, Bill Paxton, and Randy Travis are great. But why do they have to change things like Bob Younger being a mute, their first bank robbery being in 1869 when it was in 1866, the fact that Jesse was shot once in the head and the second shot missed, and Bob Younger being shot by his brother Cole when he was actually captured with Cole after the North Field Raid. I believe that these things could have been changed and made a even better movie. Besides some other little things this is a fine historical movie and one of my personal favorites. If you like it see The Long Riders.

    Best Wishes
    London- England