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American Outlaws (2001)



Critic 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).

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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 (36)

Silly western revisits Jesse James.

December 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The kind of film that will have you throwing your popcorn at the screen in disgust.

December 17, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A big yawn that only reminds us why movie westerns are six feet under and not likely to make a comeback.

August 31, 2001
Top Critic

The bizarre result of another in a long line of westerns tailored for rising actors, who no one really takes seriously in such projects.

August 22, 2001

The movie's presumption of ignorance on the audience's part is monumental.

August 21, 2001

The blandification of the puppy-stud Western reaches its nadir.

August 20, 2001 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Outlaws


A run of the mill western adventure that was fun but a bit too corny.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer


Pretty good action keeps this one afloat. It's like a young Guns for the new generation but just not as good.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer


A hip, smart, funny and action-packed adventure. A full-on fun movie ride

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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