Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

Ride With the Devil Details


A complex tale of uneasy alliances and hostilities along the Kansas/Missouri border during the Civil War, Ride with the Devil opens in 1862. The story concerns Jack Bull Chiles (Skeet Ulrich), a proud son of the South ready to fight for the Confederate cause after his father is killed by Yankee troops. Chiles's friend, Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire), joins the Bushwhackers, a group of renegade Southerners aligned with the Confederate Army, even though his family supports the Union cause - which sets him head-to-head with his father. The two young men, used to the slow pace and gracious lifestyle of the South's privileged class, become guerilla fighters and wander through the countryside together, encountering sudden, shocking and extreme acts of violence. Their comrades include valiant leader Black John (James Caviezel), paranoid madman Pitt (Jonathan Rhys Myers), gentleman George (Simon Baker), and Daniel (Jeffrey Wright), a laconic former slave who unexpectedly fighs for the south despite his race out of sheer loyalty to George - though the others regard him with suspicion. The Bushwhackers hide out in a shed near the home of Sue Lee Shelley (singer/songwriter/poet Jewel), a pregnant widow whose husband was killed three weeks after their marriage. Later, following a shocking and unexpected act of violence, a number of the men team up with the crazed Quantrill (John Ales) to stage an attack on an abolitionist stronghold, but Jake finds his moral conscience growing more acute, and takes the first steps toward romancing and starting a family with Sue Lee in what looks to be a very different post-Civil War future. Adapted from the novel Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell, Ride with the Devil was directed by Ang Lee, whose previous project was a very different look at America's past, the 1970s domestic drama Ang Lee (1997). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 24, 1999


Skeet Ulrich
as Jack Bull Chiles
Tobey Maguire
as Jake Roedel
as Sue Lee Shelley
Jeffrey Wright
as Daniel Holt
Simon Baker
as George Clyde
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
as Pitt Mackeson
James Caviezel
as Black John
Tom Guiry
as Riley Crawford
Tom Wilkinson
as Orton Brown
Jonathan Brandis
as Cave Wyatt
Matthew Faber
as Turner Rawls
Stephen Mailer
as Babe Hudspeth
John Ales
as Quantrill
Zach Grenier
as Mr. Evans
Margo Martindale
as Wilma Brown
Mark Ruffalo
as Alf Bowden
Celia Weston
as Mrs.Clark


Ang Lee
James Schamus
Robert F. Colesberry
Ted Hope
Daniel Woodrell
Book Author
James Schamus
Mychael Danna
Composer (Music Score)
Alex Steyermark
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Squyres
Mark Friedberg
Production Designer
Steve Arnold
Art Director
Anne Carey
Associate Producer
David Linde
Executive Producer
Steve Lauberth
Set Designer
Stephanie Carroll
Set Designer
Marit Allen
Costume Designer
Drew Kunin
Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Huberman
First Assistant Director
Avy Kaufman
David R. Ellis
Second Unit Director
Philip Stockton
Sound Editor