Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)




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A former friend betrays a legendary outlaw in Sam Peckinpah's final Western. Holed up in Fort Sumner with his gang between cattle rustlings, Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) ignores the advice of comrade-turned-lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) to escape to Mexico, and he winds up in jail in Lincoln, New Mexico. After Billy theatrically escapes, inspiring enigmatic Lincoln resident Alias (Bob Dylan) to join him, the governor (Jason Robards Jr.) and cattle baron Chisum (Barry Sullivan) … More

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Rudy Wurlitzer, Rudolph Wurlitzer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 10, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment


as Billy the Kid

as Pat Garrett

as Alias

as Sheriff Kip McKinney

as Mrs. Baker

as Sheriff Baker

as Lemuel

as Deputy Ollinger

as Deputy J.W. Bell

as Llewellyn Howland

as Alamosa Bill

as Pete Maxwell

as Black Harris

as Governor Wallace

as Mrs. Horrell

as Ida Garrett

as Ruthie Lee

as Tom O'Folliard

as Mr. Horrell

as Beaver

as Sackett

as Josh
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Critic Reviews for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

A richer, more rewarding experience.

February 23, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The mushy pretensions of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid suggest either that [Peckinpah] has begun to take talk about his genius too seriously (it can happen to the best) or that he has fallen in with bad company.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a movie that exists almost entirely on one note -- a low, melancholy one -- and achieves what I thought would have been impossible for him Peckinpah: he's boring.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Peckinpah's final word on a genre he helped define, and the greatest movie you almost never got a chance to see.

Full Review… | August 10, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

Disclaimer: I saw the 1988 Turner Preview version of this film, which is 122 minutes long, and, unlike the compromised theatrical version, is supposedly the closest thing to Peckinpah's original intention for this film, which was a very troubled production.

That being said, I'm still very mixed on this film. I wanna say that I really enjoyed it, and that I do kinda recommend it, but at the same time, it's still a flawed film, even if this version is apparently better than the original. So, I have some hesitation fully recommending it, but still think that you might wanna at least try to give it a watch, since there are some good elements.

The stroy here is a rendition of the classic story about legendary outlaw, and his relationship to his former friends turned enemy lawman Pat Garrett. It was Peckinpah's final western, and, like many westerns made in the 70s, it's very reflective of the time ot was made, and reeks of very melancholy and elegiac overtones.

This is a lyrical and somewhat poetic film, and I like that there is a blend of action and character development, but the way it's done, it's like, damn, who knew that Peckinpah could actually be kinda boring? Boring shouldn't really be associated with Bloody Sam unless you also throw in the word "not".

Yet, there it is. This film is pretty slow, and though it is only 122 minutes, it feels a lot longer. I find it odd that this version is apparently what Sam was really going for, but hey, I never knew him personally, so maybe I shouldn't judge him too harshly. I love the cinematography though, because it is excellent, and the washed out grainy look is very fitting, The film has a very notable and talented cast, but their performances, though not bad, are kinda underwhelming, and do leave something to be desired. Bob Dylan's score, likewise, though not terrible, is also not as epic as it could have been.

When Andrew Dominik made his Jesse James film, which is very similar to this, I loved it. Maybe it's because I wasn't used to his work, and had nothing to compare it to, like I do with this one. Perhaps I shouldn't be doing that, but hey, I don't know what to say. There are some really great moments, but I think the film could have just told this eic tale in a less meandering and heady fashion.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

A good film though it has many flaws. When it's good, it's great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Patented Peckinpah western with a dream cast that includes James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Slim Pickens and Bruce Dern.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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