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)
May 23, 1973 Wide
Jan 10, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment
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Elisha Cook Jr.
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Michael T. Mikler
Harry Dean Stanton
Charles Martin Smith
John Davis Chandler
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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.
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.
Regardless of length, this is one of Peckinpah's most deeply-felt films, a true meeting of two like souls.
It's one of the great tragic true stories of the old wild West, the story of two outlaw friends ending up enemies as one turns over and becomes a lawman - expressly for the purpose of hunting down his friend.
...it could've %u2014 should've %u2014 been [Peckinpah's] third or fourth masterpiece (that depends on who's doing the counting), and the movie he'd been building towards his entire career.
The film is visually stunning, and Peckinpah makes great use of his Durango, Mexico, locations.
Some Peckinpah devotees consider the film among his finest work, others regard it as, well, troubled. Fascinating, nonetheless.
Audience Reviews for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
- Pat Garrett: [incadescent with rage when his partner attempts to defile Billy's corpse] WHAT YOU WANT, AND WHAT YOU *GET* IS TOO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS.
- Pat Garrett: You owe me.
- Deputy Ollinger: I OWE you?
- Pat Garrett: Yes. For pulling you out of that snowdrift in Montana. For saving your life more times than I can remember...And for putting up a whole lot of s--t that I never orta have done.
- Deputy Ollinger: [sighs] I hope they get my name right in the papers.
- Pat Garrett: [after surveying Bob Ollinger's mangled corpse] Would some of you good townsfolks get old Bob up off the ground and into it?
- Billy the Kid: I'll throw in a buck twenty in change if you'll dig it out of old Bob here.
- Deputy Ollinger: [looking at Billy who is levelling a shotgun at him] He done killed me too.
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