Outlaw Jesse James is rumored be the 'fastest gun in the West'. An eager recruit into James' notorious gang, Robert Ford eventually grows jealous of the famed outlaw and, when Robert and his brother sense an opportunity to kill James, their murderous action elevates their target to near mythical status.
|nudity||Some discussions of sex and sexual references occur, but nothing is too graphic. A man walks in on a woman in an outhouse masterbating. She is briefly shown with her pants down, the man makes suggestive remarks and then the scene goes dark, sex is implied.|
|violence||A man shoots a man in the head and his head blows apart (blood and matter are clearly visible). A man is shot through the back (we see a large bloody hole open in his chest and we see the shocked look on his face as he topples over). Two men shoot back and forth at each other: one man is struck in the leg (we see blood spurt), the other in the arm, and then one is shot in the back while a third man jumps out a window and crashes onto the ground hurting his leg; one of the two men left inside is shot in the head (blood pools on the floor). A man grabs a young teen, punches him, throws him on the ground, continues to punch him in the head and face while holding his hand over his mouth, pulls on his ear while threatening to tear it off, and slams his head on the ground repeatedly (he eventually stops beating him and the boy runs away). Two men point guns at a man standing on a chair, one fires and strikes the man in the head, the man is flung into a picture on the wall breaking the glass, blood spurts and sprays on the wall and the man falls to the floor dead; the man's young son looks on while his wife cries and screams and she has blood on her hands and face from touching him. A man shoots himself in the chest (we hear the shot and the man slumps over with a large blood spot on his chest). A man is held with a knife to his throat and he squirms and moans. Guns held to the heads of several characters in some scenes. Characters struck hard on the head with the butt of a gun with blood seen running down the face of one. A man cuts the heads off two live snakes with a knife as they squirm and bleed. A character attacks another who mocked him, punching at him. A dead body is shown to a group of people and photographed. A dead man is dumped into a ditch and covered with snow. We see a dead animal hanging by a rope around its neck outside a man's residence. Two men re-enact a shooting several times on a stage. A man is grabbed by police and forced to the floor. A man points a shotgun at a man who turns toward him, we hear no shot and the scene ends but it is implied that the man is shot. Several scenes where characters discuss violence and inflicting it on others, making threats. A man kills a fly and we see blood on his fingers.|
|profanity||6 sexual references, 4 scatological terms, 8 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Native Americans, 1 derogatory term for African-Americans, name-calling (nincompoops, prig, rummy, gunslingers, grudges, coward, dirty, murderer, cur, spite), 3 religious profanities, 4 religious exclamations.|
|alcohol||Men and women are seen smoking cigars. Men and women drink, some people get drunk and collapse.|
|frightening||Some scenes in the movie may be intense or unsettling. There are dark themes, as well as some abrupt violence that will frighten younger viewers.|