Long Riders, The

Another version of the infamous Jesse James story.

  • Starring: David Keith and Robert Carradine
  • Director(s): Walter Hill
  • Producer(s): Huka Productions
  • Screenwriter(s): Bill Bryden, Steven Smith, Stacy Keach, James Keach
  • Distributor: United Artists
  • Animal Coordinator: Jimmy Medearis
  • Release Date: Tuesday, April 01, 1980
  • Rating: Unacceptable

Featured Animal Action

The following AHA film review was compiled from archival information and documentation and may not reflect AHA's current criteria for animal action review and rating procedures.

AHA was not informed of the animal action prior to filming but confirmed via screening the film on May 19, 1980 that two obvious horse trips occurred. In one fall, a horse landed on its back and in the other fall, the horse did a dangerous forward somersault. Since it was deemed that these falls could not be achieved without the use of tripping wires, AHA rated the film Unacceptable.

The ongoing expansion of the AHA Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media has raised the standard of care for animal actors worldwide. In addition, technological advancements have created safe alternatives to risky action, enabling filmmakers to maintain their creative vision without compromising the welfare of animal actors. AHA continues to be a vigilant watchdog for animals in film and television and acknowledges the groundbreaking history of this program while expanding and refining procedures to reflect increased knowledge and new challenges.