This day in Willie Nelson History: “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” (2/16/1986)

This 1986 movie looks at the last years of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James. The film opens in 1877 with the brothers trying to settle down after 15 years of thievery. Frank (Johnny Cash) is shown to be a book-loving and family-oriented man, while brother Jesse (Kris Kristofferson) is a money-hungry womanizer. The movie follows their lives through Jesse’s death at the hands of the “rotten little coward” Bob Ford (Darrell Wilks) and Frank’s death in 1892. Willie Nelson also makes an appearance as a former member of the James gang.

On February 16, 1986, the NBC-TV movie “The Last Days of Frank & Jesse James” aired, staring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ed Bruce, David Allan Coe and June Carter Cash.

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