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The Outlaw

The Outlaw (1943)

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Perhaps Hollywood's greatest success du scandal of the 1940s, this odd psychological Western became a box office hit largely thanks to the costuming of leading lady Jane Russell (or, more accurately, its relative absence). Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel) and Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) are close friends until lawman Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) attempts to ambush Billy and put him behind bars. Doc brings Billy to his ranch to hide out, but when Billy meets Doc's mistress Rio (Russell), he's

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Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics

Jules Furthman

Apr 29, 1998

American Pop Classics

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One of the weirdest westerns of all time, reflecting the eccentricities of its producer and credited director, Howard Hughes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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By today's standards the film is naive and amateurish, but in 1943, it was one of the most scandalous features Hollywood has made due to Howard Hughes brilliant campaign to exploit Jane Russell's buxum.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good.

March 2, 2008
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There are only two reasons why anyone was intrigued with this film...can you guess?

November 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

The film would be G-rated today, but at the time, that hint of skin was enough to send people scampering for a little water to put on their brow.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Surprisingly, this minor, off-beat western didn't turn out that bad.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Howard Hughes' long-awaited celluloid interpretation of the life, love and legend of Billy the Kid approaches its chore of chronicling with more regard to historical authenticity than most of the countless predecessors of similar theme.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Outlaw

Infamous western is really not very good with several obviously rear projection scenes really taking you out of the movie. Fictional story of Billy the Kid is troubled in many places perhaps the biggest is Buetel a blank faced black hole at the center of the film. Even the usually great Huston and Thomas Mitchell give weak hammy performances and Jane Russell while extremely lush and fresh had not yet learned how to act in front of the camera but does exude presence and charisma missing from the rest of the film. It's overlong to boot!
July 29, 2011
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Tacky and didn't hold my attention. I guess it would have been thrilling in the 40's, but not now...
January 25, 2009
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