History Film / TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord

27th Jun '17 8:00:40 AM Gitman
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* NiceHat: A must in a Western, though there are surprisingly few stetsons. Jesse favors a bowler. Bob's ragged top hat is less nice.

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* NiceHat: A must in a Western, though there are surprisingly few stetsons. Jesse favors a bowler.bowler, while Frank wears a fedora. Bob's ragged top hat is less nice.
27th Jun '17 7:52:51 AM Gitman
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* NiceHat: A must in a Western, though there are surprisingly few cowboy hats. Jesse favors a bowler. Bob's ragged top hat is less nice.

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* NiceHat: A must in a Western, though there are surprisingly few cowboy hats.stetsons. Jesse favors a bowler. Bob's ragged top hat is less nice.
24th Jun '17 7:38:12 PM Luigifan
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The film is a {{Deconstruction}} of the James myth, as a man normally portrayed in Hollywood as a romantic ''Myth/RobinHood''-esque AntiHero is here [[ShownTheirWork (much more accurately)]] shown as a cold, dangerous, paranoid, AxCrazy lunatic. Meanwhile, the normally vilified Robert Ford starts off with an unsettling hero-worship towards James, but gradually becomes disillusioned with - and eventually terrified of - the infamous outlaw.

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The film is a {{Deconstruction}} of the James myth, as a man normally portrayed in Hollywood as a romantic ''Myth/RobinHood''-esque AntiHero is here [[ShownTheirWork (much more accurately)]] shown as a cold, dangerous, paranoid, AxCrazy lunatic. Meanwhile, the normally vilified Robert Ford starts off with an unsettling hero-worship towards James, but gradually becomes disillusioned with - -- and eventually terrified of - -- the infamous outlaw.



* BrokenPedestal: Bob is heartbroken when his hero treats him like dirt just as everyone else has all his life. In the dinner scene especially, the shift from childlike admiration to deep seated loathing is nicely conveyed by Casey Affleck.

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* BrokenPedestal: Bob is heartbroken when his hero treats him like dirt just as everyone else has all his life. In the dinner scene especially, the shift from childlike admiration to deep seated deep-seated loathing is nicely conveyed by Casey Affleck.



* CameraAbuse: Before the train robbery scene the train hits the camera and takes it along with it.

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* CameraAbuse: Before the train robbery scene scene, the train hits the camera and takes it along with it.



* CruelToBeKind: Frank may have been a complete jerk to Bob when he met him but its clear he didn't want to see him fall into his life.
* DecoyProtagonist: Jesse is given as much, of it not more, attention while he's around as Robert Ford, but the story is ultimately Robert's. Some audiences were frustrated that the story continued a fair duration after Jesse's death.

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* CruelToBeKind: Frank may have been a complete jerk to Bob when he met him him, but its it's clear he didn't want to see him fall into his life.
* DecoyProtagonist: Jesse is given as much, of it if not more, attention while he's around as Robert Ford, but the story is ultimately Robert's. Some audiences were frustrated that the story continued a fair duration after Jesse's death.



* TheDreaded: Jesse. People become terrified just by being in the same room as him. [[spoiler: Bob suggests to Dorothy that he killed Jesse out of fear.]]

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* TheDreaded: Jesse. People become terrified just by being in the same room as him. [[spoiler: Bob [[spoiler:Bob suggests to Dorothy that he killed Jesse out of fear.]]



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Portrayed within the story, as the legend of Jesse James makes the unstable, murderous outlaw into a hero, while Robert Ford is quickly branded a "coward" and "assassin" for his murder. Like nearly every Jesse James story, his activities as a Confederate pro-slavery guerrilla gets elided, especially since its focused on the latter half of his "career". Within the film itself, the governor disputes James' propaganda that his crimes target Republicans and supporters of the Union.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Portrayed within the story, as the legend of Jesse James makes the unstable, murderous outlaw into a hero, while Robert Ford is quickly branded a "coward" and "assassin" for his murder. Like nearly every Jesse James story, his activities as a Confederate pro-slavery guerrilla gets elided, especially since its it's focused on the latter half of his "career". Within the film itself, the governor disputes James' propaganda that his crimes target Republicans and supporters of the Union.



* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Bob desperately wishes he could be like Jesse and the gunslingers he grew up idolizing, yet is repeatedly reminded that he doesn't measure up to any of Them.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Bob desperately wishes he could be like Jesse and the gunslingers he grew up idolizing, yet is repeatedly reminded that he doesn't measure up to any of Them.them.



* MyGodWhathaveIDone: After brutally beating a twelve-year-old for information, Jesse breaks down and cries.

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* MyGodWhathaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After brutally beating a twelve-year-old for information, Jesse breaks down and cries.



* TraumaCongaLine: For Robert at least before he finally dies. After killing Jesse he has to contend with the contempt of others and his reputation as a coward for 10 years before finally being murdered himself.

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* TraumaCongaLine: For Robert at least before he finally dies. After killing Jesse Jesse, he has to contend with the contempt of others and his reputation as a coward for 10 years before finally being murdered himself.
10th Jun '17 12:58:45 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* TheDreaded: Jesse. People lose their nerve just by being in the same room as him. [[spoiler: Bob later admits the reason he killed Jesse was because he was afraid of him.]]

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* TheDreaded: Jesse. People lose their nerve become terrified just by being in the same room as him. [[spoiler: Bob later admits the reason suggests to Dorothy that he killed Jesse was because he was afraid out of him.fear.]]
10th Jun '17 12:55:49 AM TheUnknownUploader
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* TheDreaded: Jesse. People lose their nerve just by being in the same room as him. [[spoiler: Bob later admits the reason he killed Jesse was because he was afraid of him.]]
2nd May '17 10:02:40 AM Gitman
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* NiceHat: A must in a Western, though there are surprisingly few cowboy hats. Jesse favors a bowler. Bob's ragged top hat is less nice.
2nd May '17 9:44:57 AM Gitman
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* TemptingFate: After bullying him, Wood laughs off Bob's threats to put a bullet in his head. Later in the film, Bob does just that.

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* TemptingFate: After bullying him, Wood laughs off Bob's threats to put a bullet in his head.head, and threatens him with his familial relationship to Jesse (Wood is his cousin). Later in the film, Bob does just that.
19th Feb '17 2:15:34 PM Fireblood
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* TheCameo: Music/NickCave

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* TheCameo: Music/NickCaveMusic/NickCave.



* DeathSeeker: Jesse

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* DeathSeeker: JesseJesse.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dick is appalled at Jesse violently assaulting a child

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dick is appalled at Jesse violently assaulting a childchild.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Portrayed within the story, as the legend of Jesse James makes the unstable, murderous outlaw into a hero, while Robert Ford is quickly branded a "coward" and "assassin" for his murder. Like nearly every Jesse James story, his activities as a Confederate pro-slavery guerilla gets elided, especially since its focused on the latter half of his "career". Within the film itself, the governor disputes James' propaganda that his crimes target Republicans and supporters of the Union.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesse just wants to have a simple life with his wife and kids but he has been an outlaw for so long he simply doesn't know how. Exemplified by the fact that he has a normal life and alias he uses but never sticks too for long.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Bob desperately wishes he could be like Jesse and the gun slingers he grew up idolising, yet is repeatedly reminded that he doesn't measure up to any of Them.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade[=/=]HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Portrayed within the story, as the legend of Jesse James makes the unstable, murderous outlaw into a hero, while Robert Ford is quickly branded a "coward" and "assassin" for his murder. Like nearly every Jesse James story, his activities as a Confederate pro-slavery guerilla guerrilla gets elided, especially since its focused on the latter half of his "career". Within the film itself, the governor disputes James' propaganda that his crimes target Republicans and supporters of the Union.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Jesse just wants to have a simple life with his wife and kids kids, but he has been an outlaw for so long he simply doesn't know how. Exemplified by the fact that he has a normal life and alias he uses but never sticks too to for long.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Bob desperately wishes he could be like Jesse and the gun slingers gunslingers he grew up idolising, idolizing, yet is repeatedly reminded that he doesn't measure up to any of Them.



* InstantDeathBullet: Averted. After being shot in the head, Wood Hite is still alive for a few moments.
* {{Jerkass}}: Wood Hite and Charley for their merciless bullying of Bob. Jesse also qualifies

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* InstantDeathBullet: Averted.{{Averted}}. After being shot in the head, Wood Hite is still alive for a few moments.
* {{Jerkass}}: Wood Hite and Charley for their merciless bullying of Bob. Jesse also qualifiesqualifies.



* SadClown: Charley

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* SadClown: CharleyCharley.
23rd Dec '16 6:34:27 PM LarryMullen
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Filmed in Winnipeg's Exchange district (which looks sufficiently old, for that matter). Many scenes were also filmed in Fort Edmonton Park in Edmonton, Alberta.
28th Nov '16 2:59:42 PM bt8257
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse. The film strongly implies that UsefulNotes/JesseJames realized that the Ford boys were about to kill him and willingly went to his death, apparently out of simple weariness from running from the law.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: InUniverse. The film strongly implies that UsefulNotes/JesseJames realized that the Ford boys were about to kill him and willingly went to his death, apparently out of simple weariness from running from the law.
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