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Ride with the Devil (1999)

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Release Date
 USA: Nov 24, 1999
DVD Release Date
 R1: Jul 18, 2000
 R2: 15 May 2000

Budget $35,000,000

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for graphic war violence.

Running Time
2 hours, 18 minutes

Country USA

Studio Good Machine, Universal

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Other Titles
• Ride with the Devil
• Civil War (1998)
• To Live On (1998)
• Wer mit dem Teufel reitet (1999)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Western, Period Piece, Gore

Plot: Director Ang Lee follows up the critically acclaimed THE ICE STORM with this look at the bloody, intense conflict between the pro-Confederate Bushwackers and the pro-Union Jayhawkers in Missouri during the Civil War. Pitting neighbor against neighbor, the war in the frontier state tested personal loyalties and often created strange alliances. The film, based on Daniel Woodrell's book WOE TO LIVE ON, follows the conflict through the eyes of two outsiders: a German immigrant's son (Tobey Maguire) and a free black man (Jeffrey Wright), both of whom fight for the Bushwhackers even though they are looked down upon by their fellow guerrillas. The acting is strong all around, the setting realistically grim and absorbing, and Frederick Elmes's photography is, as always, top-notch. Pop singer Jewel appears onscreen for the first time, playing a plucky Southern woman. A nuanced examination of the bonds of obligation, RIDE WITH THE DEVIL anticipates Lee's high-flying CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, both in theme and in pulse-pounding action. The film contains many standout action sequences, including a historically accurate re-creation of William Quantrill's infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

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 Directed by
Ang Lee
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Hulk
 Written by
James Schamus
The Ice Storm, Eat Drink Man Woman, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Skeet Ulrich
As Good as It Gets, Scream, The Craft
Tobey Maguire
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Pleasantville
Jewel Kilcher
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True, The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour, Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch
Jeffrey Wright
The Manchurian Candidate, Shaft, Broken Flowers
Simon Baker
Land of the Dead, The Ring Two, Red Planet
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Alexander, Mission: Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham
James Caviezel
The Passion of the Christ, The Thin Red Line, Frequency
 Music By
Mychael Danna
8MM, Girl, Interrupted, The Ice Storm

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