Young Guns Reviews
"Young Guns" is a retelling of the adventures of Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War, which took place in New Mexico during 1877-78. I remember when it came out in 1988 in time when more or less the whole cast was in focus (some of them belong to the Brat Pack) and now there was another film with so many of them in the same movie. Itīs a pretty great ensemble (Estevez & Co) western based on the life of Billy The Kid. The cinematography is solid, the acting solid, great dialogue and with solid strong characters. You care about them even if they are more or less on the wrong side of the law. Particularly the trigger happy Billy who has nor pardon for life or anyone that stands in his way. It has mostly a mix of cold hard high energy wild west violence and action, tragedy, friendship, love and drama, but thereīs also room for comedy and the filmmakers have managed to merge them in a fine way. Estevez plays Billy with charm, wit and yet with that cold blooded killer instinct and the rest of the cast have truly embraced their characters. "Young Guns" is a MTV western that works very well in my book.
Trivia: - The movie was a box office hit. It grossed $45.6 million domestically from a moderate $11 million budget.
- It is confirmed in an audio commentary by Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney and Casey Siemaszko that Tom Cruise has a uncredited cameo in the shootout at the McSween House. His face clearly appears on screen in slow motion when he is killed.
The Cast is well done and the majority of the characters was good aswell. The locations was great and the set was really well done. Overall pretty good and fun film to sit down and watch.
Holds up well.