I watched this movie and laughed a lot through it, along with some one-word responses like "WHOAAAAA!" The Civil War battle in the beginning had a nice touch, even though the forces in it seemed small--one regiment of Confederate cavalry versus maybe two regiments of Federal troops and a battery of artillery, perhaps. And I find the situation AWKWARD when the cavalry are about to pursue the retreating Yankee forces and run straight into a long line of haggard Confederate troops. The dialogue goes like this:
COLE: What are you fellas doing? There's more Yankees back there!
CONFEDERATE SOLDIER: The war's over, son. General Lee surrendered yesterday at Appomattox.
BOB YOUNGER: Well, somebody better tell the damn Yankees!
That scene put kind of a twist on things, which incites the James and Cole brothers to go home back to Missouri, where they find a new threat hanging over their lives--railroad detectives trying to force farmers off their land and raising hell for anyone who refuses their offer of $2 an acre. Jesse James soon decides to declare a personal war on the railroad, hurting them most by simply robbing them of their financial assets.
Other critics harangue this film for it's "lack of historical accuracy." Well, if you want to see historical accuracy, go and watch the movie, "The Life of Jesse James." This movie never said "Based on a True Story" but simply revolves around the first daytime bank robberies in U.S. history, whether or not the scenes are true. 50 percent of the things in this movie may have never happened, but it still makes for a good movie. My favorite scene is when some of the gang members are guarding the bank from the outside, and trying to protect themselves from the cane of a bitter, indignant old man who wants to go to the bank.
OLD MAN: There ain't no gol-durned bank holiday!
INDIAN SCOUT: Sir, you're right about that.
OLD MAN: Well, why can't I go in there?
INDIAN SCOUT: On account on that we're uh...robbing it.
OLD MAN: Oh! Well, why didn't you just say so in the first place?
This movie was quite exciting and has a hundred other scenes as funny as this one.