The Outlaw

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This off-beat western is best remembered for the scandal surrounding its release, most of it having to do with the supposedly erotic scenes involving Jane Russell who plays the busty siren who steals the heart of Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel). The highly fictionalized story centers on the rivalrous, tentative friendships between the Kid, Doc Holiday (Walter Huston) and Pat Garrett (Mitchell Thomas). Many of the most racy scenes were cut out to appease the censors, therefore different versions are available with the original 117 minute cut being the most difficult to find.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

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

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 22, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Stagey, not that well written, acted or directed (by Howard Hughes) western. More infamous than good.

    Mar 2, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • There are only two reasons why anyone was intrigued with this film...can you guess?

    Nov 1, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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.

    Jan 27, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Surprisingly, this minor, off-beat western didn't turn out that bad.

    Feb 3, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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