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Young Guns

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Christopher Cain
  • 102 mins
  • 18

Summary

Western starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen and Lou Diamond Phillips. In this version of the legend of Billy the Kid, the young William H Bonney joins a wealthy rancher's gang of young guns. When the rancher is murdered by a ruthless landowner, the gang swear revenge, but their vigilante actions put them on the wrong side of the law - and make Bonney the most wanted man in the West.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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"Billy the Kid"Emilio Estevez
Josiah "Doc" ScurlockKiefer Sutherland
ChavezLou Diamond Phillips
Dick BrewerCharlie Sheen
"Dirty Steve" StephensDermot Mulroney
Charley BowdreCasey Siemaszko
John Henry TunstallTerence Stamp
Lawrence G MurphyJack Palance
Alex McSweenTerry O'Quinn
Susan McSweenSharon Thomas
Buckshot RobertsBrian Keith
Pat GarrettPatrick Wayne
CowboyTom Cruise

Crew

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DirectorChristopher Cain

Details

Released on
1989-01-06
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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