The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James (1986) (TV Movie)

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    • The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James (1986) (TV Movie)

      (TV Movie)



      Plot Summary
      This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse's death at the hands of the "rotten little coward" Bob Ford and Frank's death in 1915.
      Written by John Sacksteder

      Johnny Cash ... Frank James
      Kris Kristofferson ... Jesse James
      Marcia Cross ... Sarah Hite
      Gail Youngs ... Anna
      David Allan Coe ... Whiskeyhead
      Andy Stahl ... Liddil
      June Carter Cash ... Mother James
      Ed Bruce ... Maj. Edwards
      Darrell Wilks ... Bob Ford
      Meg Gibson ... Zee (as Margaret Gibson)
      James Sinclair
      Cherie Elledge-Grapes ... Martha Bolton
      Peter Bradshaw
      Earl Poole Ball ... Squire Earthman
      Jack Barlow ... Uncle George Hite
      Mac Bennett ... Clarence Hite
      John Brown ... Gentleman
      Daniel Butler ... New York reporter (as Dan Butler)
      Glen Clark ... Angry man
      David Cobb ... Dr. Samuels
      Bruce Carnahan ... Sedalia reporter
      Ed Evans ... Gov. Crittendon
      Marshall Fallwell Jr. ... Jim Ward
      Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... William Pinkerton (as Buck Ford)
      Donnie Fritts ... Jury Foreman
      Lecile Harris ... Bartender
      Mary Jane Harvill ... Actress
      Dan Hoffman ... Conductor Westfall
      John Jay Hooker Jr. ... John Phillips
      G.W. Jones ... Col. Starter
      Irv Kane ... John Eulich
      Joe Kurtzo ... French Joe Duval
      Jack Lawrence ... Gallatin sheriff
      Slick Lawson ... Ed Kelly
      William Newman ... Sheriff Timberlake
      John Ramsey ... Jake Igelhart
      Kal Roberts ... Sam Whitsett (as Tony Roberts)
      Jack Wesley Routh ... Train Supervisor
      John Jackson Routh ... Jesse Jr., age 7
      Rick Schulman ... Maddux
      Jimmy Tittle ... Jim McDaniels
      Dennis Tucker ... Bud McDaniels
      Byron Warner ... William Wallace
      Charlie Williams ... Judge
      Willie Nelson ... Gen. Jo Shelby

      William A. Graham

      Writing Credits
      Bill Stratton

      Joseph Cates ... executive producer
      Phillip Cates ... producer

      Paul Chihara

      Tony Imi

      In the film, June Carter Cash plays the mother of Frank and Jesse James, played by
      Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson respectively. In real life, Johnny Cash and June Carter were husband and wife.

      The film features three of the four members of the country music super-group "The Highwaymen":
      Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson. The only one not featured was Waylon Jennings.

      Frank James is taught the hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross", but this was not written until 1912. While Frank lived until 1915, Jesse was killed in 1882, and Jesse is still alive when Frank learns the hymn.

      When Frank is in Colorado across from and watching Ford's bar, a drunk is thrown out of the bar.
      Frank stands up with no hat on. After the camera angle changed, he is wearing a hat, and then on the next camera change his hat is off.

      Errors in geography
      The opening minutes are set in early April 1882 in Missouri. As Jesse James walks to his house,
      the street and yards are covered in dead leaves and nearby tree branches are mostly, but not quite completely, bare.
      The scene was likely filmed in the autumn months (of 1985).

      Most of the Colt Single Action Army revolvers in the movie have bright brass trigger guards and grip frames.
      On real SAAs, these parts were made of steel or iron, then finished in a deep blue that matched the barrel and cylinder.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming locations
      Springfield, Tennessee, USA (street scenes)
      Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (Railroad Museum)
      Tennessee, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James was a 1986 American western made for TV, directed by
      William A. Graham, and starring Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson
      as Frank and Jesse James

      User Review

      GREATEST Jesse James Movie Ever Made!
      15 September 2005 | by BOB L'ALOGE (southwestern Arizona)

      bob wrote:

      This is, undoubtedly, the Greatest Jesse James movie ever made by Hollywood. By that I am referring to historical accuracy and not necessarily anything else. I was amazed at how they continued to stick to the historical data with only a few, and very few, changes for the purpose of "drama." Also, Cash and Kris made a great two-some of the James brothers. I've seen Cash in some other movies he made but this was his best ever. He had me believing he really was Frank James. And Kris is almost always good in his movies. And he made a fantastic Jesse James.

      The movie plot deals with the final days--1877 to 1892--of the James brothers and the events that shaped and molded their lives. It goes an extra ten years after Jesse was murdered by the slime bucket coward "whose name does not deserve to even appear here!" And shows clear up to the day when the back-shootin' little gutter snipe was blown into hell by an American hero named Ed Kelly in Crede, Colorado. Certainly it could not have happened to a better piece of white trash.

      We are all waiting to see what Brad Pitt can do. Now I am convinced he will really have to be FABULOUS to beat these two actors and, although I think he is a wonderful actor, I'm not sure he can even come close to The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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