Westernsreboot.com has discussed in a number of posts a film that this writer believes to be a resonant work of art: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). Directed by Andrew Dominik and starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in the two respective title roles, this Western film is a meditative interpretation of the last year of life for the historical Jesse James (1847-1882). The film is based upon the 1983 Ron Hansen novel of the same name.

With cinematography by the acclaimed Roger Deakins and a soundtrack by musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford touches upon such themes as celebrity and regret and the film supports multiple viewings. Like a great painting, the viewer can return to it to discern and appreciate the film’s nuanced approaches, whether directorial, acting or technical.

As a way of thanking those who come to this site (and as a lead-in to the holiday season), Westernsreboot.com is offering a chance to win a DVD copy of this film! To be entered into the random draw, simply comment/reply below to this post with your thoughts on the following question:


This contest will run from December 1st to December 21st, with the winner announced shortly thereafter. The winner will be contacted via the email attached to the comment they provide (you do not need to publicize your contact data – only this website can view it embedded within the social media (e.g. blog/Facebook/email) used to comment/reply).

YES, THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO ANYONE IN THE WORLD! (As long as you can receive snail mail, ha.)

In addition to the related links at the end of this post, here is the official trailer for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007):

Thanks for your continued support of this site!

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


(Comment/reply below)


  1. I like the true stories of the past in the Western genre. The wonders of the Western genre and how, what, where, and when people lived in that time are questions that need answers. So ever since I took this course I am now a follower of the Western movies and possible will start some of the series. I appreciate the life style and what they fought for in life. Their is an excitement in knowing what happened in the end of a true life story about westerners.

    1. Thank you for the visit and comment, Melanie. Right now, as the first person to post, you statistically have the best chance of winning. 😉 Best of luck!


  2. What do I like about the Western genre? Westerns are America’s myths, and the genre is versatile enough to tell just about any story imaginable, from the most historically accurate retellings to works of complete fantasy. My favorite westerns are probably from the 1950s. It was the height of the genre’s popularity, and westerns had matured enough to tell adult stories like the ones on “Gunsmoke” and in the films of John Ford and Howard Hawks.

    1. Thank you for the visit & comment, Adam. The 1950s do remain a “rich” era for Westerns….both in terms of the quality and the quantity made. Good luck!


  3. I have always been a fan of the Western genre. I love the beauty of the open spaces and freedom of travel on horseback. The images of mountains and rushing rivers is nature at it’s finest and when on horseback you are as close as you can get besides walking. The stories of the challenges that the earliest of settlers and explorers faced is inspiring. Today we get upset when the drive through line makes us late for work. Oh how mankind has changed….

    1. Thanks for the time of a visit and comment, Mitch. I definitely agree with the point about how “modern” expectations for travel can create frustration. So much better to take your time, take a train and wander to the cars to say hello to folks, right? 😉


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