Ride with the Devil

November 5, 1999 0 By Fans
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Still of Tobey Maguire, Jewel Kilcher and Jeffrey Wright in Ride with the DevilOn the set of Ride With The Devil


Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights…

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.7/10 (7,518 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Ang Lee

Stars: Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel Kilcher

Jake Roedel and Jack Bull Chiles are friends in Missouri when the Civil War starts. Women and Blacks have few rights. Jack Bull's dad is killed by Union soldiers, so the young men join the Bushwhackers, irregulars loyal to the South. One is a Black man, Daniel Holt, beholden to the man who bought his freedom. They skirmish then spend long hours hiding. Sue Lee, a young widow, brings them food. She and Jack Bull become lovers, and when he's grievously wounded, Jake escorts her south to a safe farm. The Bushwhackers, led by men set on revenge, make a raid into Kansas. At 19, Jake is ill at ease with war. As his friends die one after another, he must decide where honor lies.

Writers: Daniel Woodrell, James Schamus


Tobey Maguire

Jake Roedel

Jeremy W. Auman


Scott Sener


(as Scott C. Sener)

Skeet Ulrich

Jack Bull Chiles

Glenn Q. Pierce


Kathleen Warfel

Mrs. Chiles

David Darlow

Asa Chiles

Zan McLeod

Wedding Musician – Guitar

John Whelan

Wedding Musician – Accordion

Roger Landes

Wedding Musician – Mandolin

Jeffrey Dover

Wedding Musician – Drums

Tyler Johnson

Wedding Musician – Drums

Kelly Werts

Wedding Musician – Fiddle

Michael W. Nash

Horton Lee, Sr.

John Judd

Otto Roedel

Release Date: 5 November 1999

Filming Locations: Doniphan, Kansas, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000


Opening Weekend: £100,722
(7 November 1999)
(140 Screens)

Gross: $630,779
(23 January 2000)

Technical Specs



(director's cut)

Did You Know?


The scenes of the Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas were filmed in Pattonsburg, Missouri. Pattonsburg was flooded out during the great flood of 1993 and the town was relocated leaving many empty buildings and homes available.


Revealing mistakes:
When Jake complains of losing the upper-half of his pinky finger, the brace holding down the top joints of the actor's finger is briefly shown as the camera pulls in on his hand.


[Camping out, Jack Bull Chiles and Jake Roedel discuss Jake's finger, which was shot off in a skirmish]

Jack Bull:
My father's under the dirt to stay. Like that's gone to stay, too.

My finger?

Jack Bull:

Well, so it is. And it makes me notable by the loss.

Jack Bull:
You sound pleased… as if that finger'd been pesterin' you for rings.

No. It was a fine finger and I'd rather have it still, but… it was took from me and it's been et by chickens for sure. And I say, what is the good side to this amputation? And there is one.

User Review

Probably only a non-American could make this movie

Rating: 9/10

I've watched this movie twice now on DVD, and both times it didn't fail to
impress me with its unique impartial attitude. It seems more like a
depiction of reality than most other Hollywood fare, especially on a topic
that is still hotly discussed. Even though it sticks closely with the
southern viewpoint, it doesn't fail to question it, and in the end the
sentence passed is that the war is lost, not matter what, and cruelty is a
common denominator.

What really makes this movie outstanding is the refusal to over-dramatize.
Nowadays truly good movies (in a nutshell) are few and far apart, with
mainstream fare being enjoyable (if you don't have high expectations), but
terribly commercially spirited. I think this movie comes off as a truly
movie (without being a masterpiece), because it sticks to itself, and
the viewer a chance to watch and analyze it, instead of wanting to bombard
him with effect and emotion to blot out his intelligence. This movie is
cool, observant, and generally light-handed in its judgement, which is

The story has its flaws, especially Jewel's Character comes off
but then again the situation at the time was so chaotic, that for a young
widow it might have been only logical to somehow get back into a normal
life, even by liberally taking each next guy. Still she doesn't come off
weak, in fact I think she's one of the stronger characters, she's always
control of the relationships, with the men just tagging. And I take it
gratefully that she's not a weeping widow. I believe in the 19th century
death of a loved one was something a lot more normal than now. You could
so easily of even minor illnesses and injuries, so the prospect of of
someone dying, while surely causing grief, didn't traumatise people like
does now. People didn't seem to build shrines about their lost ones like
they do now, and I like that attitude.

My recommendation is for intelligent people to watch this movie, if they
in the mood for something different than the usual hollywood fare. Don't
watch if if you want non-stop action or heart-renting emotion.