The movie is masterfully staged and photographed, the largest production ever shot in Missouri. Production design by Mark Friedberg and art direction by Steve Arnold have combined to re-create the towns, shanties, and battlefields of the era. Cinematographer Frederick Elmes focuses on these settings -- and the lush wilderness around them -- to create a seamless illusion of reality.
Ride With the Devil may not be the most popular period drama out this season (Lee wanted to make a movie "with characters who have dirty fingernails" and has done so), and in some circles it may even be reviled. Nonetheless, this highly insightful film is strongly recommended for a nation that can use all the insight it can get.