Young Guns (1988)




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In this western, a group of young, hotheaded kids, including the infamous William H. Bonney (Emilio Estevez), are hired to help out British land-owner John Henry Tunstall (Terence Stamp). When their boss is killed, Bonney leads the group of gunslingers out to capture the murderers. Giving in to his rage, Bonney shoots the guilty men down instead of bringing them back to town, and he and his boys end up on the run from the law.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: John Fusco, Louis Garfinkle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
Artisan Entertainment


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as Doc Scurlock

as Dick Brewer

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as Charley Bowdre

as John Tunstall

as L.G. Murphy

as Alex McSween

as J. McCloskey

as Alex McSween

as Yen Sun

as Buckshot Roberts

as Texas Joe Grant

as Pat Garrett

as Mallory

as Morton

as Sheriff Brady

as Henry Hill

as Justice Wilson

as John Kinney

as Jimmy Dolan

as Sheriff Brady

as Janey

as Col. Dudley

as Judge Bristol

as Ring Member

as Bartender

as Hindman

as Manuela's Mother

as Texas Joe Grant

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Critic Reviews for Young Guns

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Christopher Cain directed this western from a script by John Fusco, and on the whole seems much more comfortable with the scroungy and scatological dialogue than he does with the action sequences.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Little more than a flawed romp, but energetic and enjoyable, with sterling performances from Sutherland and Estevez.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Young Guns is best watched in the playful, none-too-serious spirit in which it was made.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

They behave as if our adoration were their birthright.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

OK rehash of Old West villains, this time teaming them up in their early days.

February 21, 2008

Good idea to cast the brat pack in a Western but this was badly realised and altogether a bit flat.

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Young Guns


20/06/2012 (DVD)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Although the stars are nice to look at, the story, characters, and plot aren't all that interesting. It's the typical western, and I really don't care for westerns anyway. The action was probably the best part. Overall, it's okay, but I bet other people just watch it for the stars as well.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I'll admit that Young Guns isn't all that great of a movie, but sometimes it's just nice to hear six reasons why the west was wild. It's basically an 80s movie set in the west with a cast of teen idols playing outlaws. In many ways it feels like a brat pack movie rather than an actual western, but I think that was obviously the intent here. It's undoubtedly got it's fun moments here like the peyote scene and the overuse of blood and insensibility when it comes to death. Somehow, this does end up feeling like some kind of bizarre prequel to Pat Garret and Billy the Kid. I never picked up on that before, but there are definitely some similarities. You've got the excellent taste in slow motion killings, character development that defies tradition and seemingly an entrance into the mind of a western outlaw. Now how can you beat a cast like Emilio Estevez as Billy, Kiefer Sutherland as doc, Lou Diamond Phillips as Chavez and a pre-drug Charlie Sheen? I guess if you threw in Zod and Jack Palance it'd be perfect. Oh wait, they are in it. The story is really easy to get into and the characters all have their goofy qualities. I think the more times I see this, the more I seem to enjoy it and and accept it for what it is. The 80s saw very few westerns, but this is the quintessential 80s western by far.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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