Young Guns

Young Guns

Christopher Cain (1988)

102min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Emilio Estevez plays Billy the Kid and is joined by a good proportion of the 1980s Brat Pack in this attempt to breathe new life into the western. The movie's casual violence, breakneck pace and relentless hard-rock score offended purists, though at 26, Estevez was closer in age to the real Billy (who died aged 22) than most previous actors. In The Left Handed Gun, Paul Newman played the Kid as a Freudian case study, and in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Kris Kristofferson portrayed him as a sort of free-spirited, Vietnam draft dodger. Here, Estevez's Billy is a social bandit, a Robin Hood figure, in a film that also pays much attention to the look, broad racial mix and eccentric characters of the Old West. It's a western that shows both box-office calculation and respect for American history.

Summary

Petty crook Billy the Kid is taken in by English farmer John Tunstall and given a job as a ranch hand. However, when Tunstall is murdered by a business rival, Billy and the rest of his `regulators' set out to avenge his death, leading them into conflict with the law - and marking the start of Billy's notoriety as a gunslinger. Western, with Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Cast & Crew

Billy the Kid Emilio Estevez
Josiah `Doc' Scurlock Kiefer Sutherland
Dick Brewer Charlie Sheen
Chavez Lou Diamond Phillips
John Henry Tunstall Terence Stamp
Lawrence G Murphy Jack Palance
`Dirty Steve' Stephens Dermot Mulroney
Charley Bowdre Casey Siemaszko
Alex McSween Terry O'Quinn
Director Christopher Cain
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama