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Still shot from the movie: The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford.

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

This lengthy movie with an equally lengthy title, offers a glimpse into the private life of Jesse James (played by Brad Pitt), one of America's most glamorized outlaws, and the man who won a place in the history books by assassinating him (Casey Affleck is cast as Robert Ford). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 160
Theater Release: 20 Sep 2007
Video Release: 04 Feb 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Jesse James and his gang were responsible for murdering and robbing many people over the span of two decades. Yet, even while he was still on the loose, people were authoring adventure novels featuring the gunman. Why do you think the public was willing to overlook his malevolent behavior in favor of his fictionalized persona? Are we any “smarter” today, or do we still turn criminals into celebrities?

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