Return to the Time of the Border War With Films Inspired by the Story of William Quantrill
July 31, 2013
August marks the 150th anniversary of the raid on Lawrence, Kansas, by William Quantrill's band of Confederate irregulars. The Library observes this event with a series of films that unfold on the Missouri-Kansas Border.
Quantrill's Legend plays on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. throughout August 2013 in the Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Admission is free.
Kansas Raiders (1950)
Outraged by Jayhawker atrocities, the James and Younger brothers join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes. Audie Murphy, Tony Curtis, and Brian Donlevy star.
80 minutes | Rated: NR
Quantrill's Raiders (1958)
Leo Gordon, whose specialty was modern gangsters and Western outlaws, plays Quantrill. Steve Cochran is a rebel officer who comes to Kansas to organize a raid on a federal arsenal at Lawrence. Things get out of hand.
68 minutes | Rated: NR
Ride With the Devil (1999)
Taiwanese director Ang Lee shot this drama (among the most historically accurate films ever made about the Civil War) in the Kansas City area. Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich are teen-age members of a bushwhacker gang. Tremendous supporting cast: Jeffrey Wright, Jim Caviezel, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jewel, Simon Baker, Tom Wilkinson, Margo Martindale, Mark Ruffalo.
138 minutes | Rated: R
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
At the end of the Civil War, a wanted Confederate guerrilla (Clint Eastwood) eludes the federals and heads south to Mexico, along the way collecting an assortment of oddball frontier types (Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Sam Bottoms, Will Sampson)
135 minutes | Rated: PG
Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.