American Outlaws

2001

American Outlaws

Critics Consensus

With corny dialogue, revisionist history, anachronistic music, and a generically attractive cast, American Outlaws is a sanitized, teenybopper version of Jesse James.

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This loosely fact-based oater attempts to mimic the youthful heartthrobs in Western garb formula of Young Guns (1988), as well as the cheeky humor and some plot elements of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). Colin Farrell stars as Jesse James, who returns home from the Civil War to his small hometown to find that a crooked railroad baron (Harris Yulin) has been illegally forcing the residents from the homesteads to make way for a new rail line. Enraged, James leads a band of outlaws including his brother Frank (Gabriel Macht), Cole Younger (Scott Caan), and Younger's brothers Bob (Will McCormack) and Jim (Gregory Smith) on a criminal spree of bank robbing. Although their Robin Hood-style tactics soon make them local heroes, the James-Younger gang members find themselves pursued by the dogged Allan Pinkerton (Timothy Dalton), the world's first "private eye." Along the way, Jesse also finds romance with Zee Mimms (Ali Larter), the daughter of a local doctor (Ronny Cox).

Cast

Colin Farrell
as Jesse James
Scott Caan
as Cole Younger
Ali Larter
as Zee Mimms
Gabriel Macht
as Frank James
Gregory Smith
as Jim Younger
Harris Yulin
as Thaddeus Rains
Will McCormack
as Bob Younger
Ronny Cox
as Doc Mimms
Terry O'Quinn
as Rollin Parker
Nathaniel Arcand
as Comanche Tom
Kathy Bates
as Ma James
Timothy Dalton
as Allan Pinkerton
Ed Geldart
as Old Man Tucker
Ty O'Neal
as Clell Miller
Joe Stevens
as Loni Packwood
Bailey McGuire
as Jesse James' Sidekick
Susan E. Denison
as Disappointed Girl
Jeremy Denzlinger
as Hyperion Townsman
Troy Dillinger
as Pinkerton/Sniper
Kirk Hunter
as Townsfolk
Philip Olivas
as Townsfolk
Muse Watson
as Burly Detective
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Critic Reviews for American Outlaws

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (89)

Audience Reviews for American Outlaws

  • Dec 02, 2011
    American Outlaws is a corny, silly, ill-conceived, and extremely inaccurate depiction of the Jesse James gang. It should not be considered a western, as it disrespects the genre immensely with its' lackluster execution, embodying nothing of what makes a good western film. The actors look good to okay on paper, but ultimately only achieve the level of a made-for-tv movie (if not quite equaling some of the better ones). How it got green lighted is a more interesting question than the movie itself is.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2010
    While not historically accurate, the cast is a lot of fun to watch. There are some really great shots and action sequences as well that make this worth a look. But overall, this a forgettable Western movie that loses it's charm near the end of the film.
    Jason R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    Un autre film avec la présence de Jesse James. Cependant, ce dernier reste un bon petit film à regarder en fin de soirée avec sa copine.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2009
    I wanted to see this movie because Colin Farrell was in it and he doesn't disappoint heating up the screen as a charismatic and mesmerizing Jesse James. The supporting cast was pretty attractive as well consisting of mostly new-c omers with the exception of Timothy Dalton (Licence to Kill), Scott Caan (Gone in Sixty Seconds), Ali larter (Obsession) & Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne). Jesse comes back from war with his brother Frank James played by Gabriel Macht and finds out that the railroad is buying up all the farms. They decide to stand up against the railroad and raise a gang called the James Younger gang to rob all of the banks that the railroad has money in. So the railroad gets the famous Allan Pinkerton played by Timothy Dalton to hunt down the gang of outlaws. This is a Western/Action/Comedy where the storyline itself was a creative spin on the story of Jesse James and enough hot guys to make it a "chick" flick. There is lots of action, tongue-in-cheek humor, bit of romance and the good guys win! American Outlaws is nice clean movie, good fun and specifically designed to just entertain you, not make you think.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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