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Young Guns (1988)

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In this Western based loosely on actual events and people, Emilio Estevez stars as William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Sought for a petty crime in Lincoln County, Billy is taken in by John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a British ranch owner seeking to make it in the cattle business. Tunstall employs a group of "regulators," comprised of wayward youths he's gathered over the years, to watch over his ranch; in turn, he teaches them how to read and reforms them into better men. Tunstall's business

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Western, Action & Adventure

Feb 20, 2001

Artisan Entertainment

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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.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Little more than a flawed romp, but energetic and enjoyable, with sterling performances from Sutherland and Estevez.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Young Guns is best watched in the playful, none-too-serious spirit in which it was made.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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They behave as if our adoration were their birthright.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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OK rehash of Old West villains, this time teaming them up in their early days.

February 21, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Young Guns is simply not a very good movie--western or otherwise. Fusco's script provides little character development and muddies the narrative with some unlikely supporting characters.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A cool Western for Gen X.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Far better western than the brat pack deserved

March 24, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

The film doesn't go far in reviving the Western film genre.

August 27, 2004 Full Review | Comment (1)
Spirituality and Practice

There are side pleasures to be found in going back and reliving the bad parts of the '80s. A rental of Young Guns lets us know that at least we're out of Reaganomics and the movies it spawned.

April 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Fails to either humanize Billy the Kid or justify his lore.

April 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Stupid but star-studded western

February 13, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

One of the best westerns ever made

September 17, 2002 | Comments (2)
Moviehole

This is a very brown movie: leather, planks of wood, dirt, dust, horses, and the tenor of the performances.

August 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Young Guns

Young Guns was the kick-start that the Western genres needed but looking at it now it's more dated than some of the westerns made in the 70's. It's a brat-pack classic though, a pure product of the 80's, Cowboys and electric guitars, a cast of die for and more fuzzy slow motion action then you can shake a stick at. The shootout scenes are pretty horrible though, they've remade Red Dawn, surely this is next!?
April 11, 2013
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June 19, 2012
EightThirty

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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.
September 1, 2011
ajv2688

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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.
July 19, 2011
ythelastman89

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    1. William H. Bonney/"Billy the Kid": Reap it Murphy, you son of bitch.
    – Submitted by Daniel S (23 months ago)
    1. William H. Bonney/"Billy the Kid": I like these odds!
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
    1. "Dirty Steve" Stephens: Did you guys see the size of that chicken?
    – Submitted by Sam B (3 years ago)
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