- Ride with the Devil (film)
name = Ride with the Devil
caption = Promotional poster
James Schamus (screenplay)
Tobey Maguire Skeet Ulrich Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Simon Baker
Universal Pictures USA Films Good Machine
November 24, 1999
runtime = 138 min.
language = English
budget = $38,000,000
gross = $635,096
imdb_id = 0134154
"Ride with the Devil" is a 1999
American Civil Wardrama directed by Ang Lee. The film starred Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jeffrey Wright, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Ryan Richardsand folk/pop singerJewel. It is based on the novel "Woe to Live On", by Daniel Woodrelland the screenplay was written by James Schamus.
Jake Roedel (
Tobey Maguire) and Jack Bull Chiles ( Skeet Ulrich) are friends in Missouriwhen the Civil War starts. Jack Bull's father is killed by KansasUnion jayhawkers. The two boys join the Missouri irregulars known as " bushwhackers" or " border ruffians" – informal units loyal to Missouri, not willing to fight someone else's war in Virginia. They meet George Clyde ( Simon Baker) and former slave Daniel Holt ( Jeffrey Wright), whom Clyde granted his freedom. They battle using guerrilla tactics and hide out during the winter months.
Jack and Sue Lee (Jewel), widowed daughter-in-law to the man that is hiding them, become lovers. When Jack dies following a skirmish, Jake escorts Sue Lee south to a safe farm. Following the deaths of a number of female relatives and wives of the guerrillas in the collapse of a warehouse where they were being held hostage by Union forces, the bushwhackers, led by
William Quantrill, make a raid into Lawrence, Kansas. In the midst of the raid a quarrel arises between Jake and fellow bushwacker Pitt Mackeson ( Jonathan Rhys-Meyers).
Jake eventually marries Sue. For the remaining part of the film Jake must watch his back for fear of his life. At the end of the film the two meet again. Pitt tells of their mutual friends who were hanged in
Dover, Kansas, and in a roundabout way Pitt tells of his intentions to meet a similar fate in his nearby hometown, because he intends to go into town and have a drink. Afterwards Jake and Sue Roedel leave for California while Daniel Holt leaves for Texas to save his family.
Tobey Maguireas Jake Roedel
Skeet Ulrichas Jack Bull Chiles
Jonathan Rhys-Meyersas Pitt Mackeson
Simon Bakeras George Clyde
* Thomas Guiry as Riley Crawford
Mark Ruffaloas Alf Bowden
* Jewel as Sue Lee Shelley
Margo Martindaleas Wilma Brown
Zach Grenieras Mr. Evans
Tom Wilkinsonas Orton Brown
Jeffrey Wrightas Daniel Holt
James Urbaniakas Poker Player
Production and reception
The scenes of the Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas were filmed in
Pattonsburg, Missouri. Pattonsburg was flooded out during the Great Flood of 1993and the town was relocated leaving many empty buildings and homes available.
The film was intended to be a summer
blockbuster, costing over US$35 million to produce (a large sum for most Westerns). However, despite majority positive reviews by film critics it received negative press after screenings because of the portrayal of a Black Confederate guerrilla by Jeffrey Wrightin a role based on Free Black John Noland who rode with Confederate raider Quantrill.
The film was released on around 140 screens in the U.K. for a limited run and made barely over £100,000. It was then released without any promotion on eight U.S. screens for a limited run of only three days (January 20-22, 2000) fetching only $64,000.
The scheduled home video release of the movie was delayed four months so the distributor could alter the cover art and remove Jeffrey Wright's image from the front video and
DVDand as of 2003 had yet to turn a profit.
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