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En route to Mexico from the United States, Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) and his associates are pursued by federal agents hell-bent on bringing them to justice. But when Billy, Doc (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips) prove too difficult to track down, the frustrated authorities enlist an old friend of theirs, reformed outlaw Pat Garrett (William Petersen), to take down the elusive gunslinger. But Billy has a head start, and his crew of outlaws is growing by the minute.

Cast & Crew

Emilio Estevez
William H. "Billy the Kid" Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland
Josiah Gordon "Doc" Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips
"Jose" Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater
Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh
William Petersen
Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett
Alan Ruck
Hendry William French
R.D. Call
D.A. Rynerson
James Coburn
John Simpson Chisum
Balthazar Getty
Tom O'Folliard
Jack Kehoe
Ashmun Upson
Gary Barber
Executive Producer
John Fusco
Executive Producer
David Nicksay
Executive Producer
James G. Robinson
Executive Producer
Joe Roth
Executive Producer
John Fusco
Screenwriter
Alan Silvestri
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Critic Reviews for Young Guns II

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  • Jun 28, 2011
    "Billy get your guns! There's trouble blowing like a hurricane." Man, what a good, but out-of-place song, but more on that later. First, let's discuss the film's deal of flaws, such as some improvable practical effects, some cliches, some fall-flat jokes and some cheesiness. The biggest problem with the film is the extremely fast pacing, which would be good if it wasn't for this film's complex story that feels - as put best by Roger Ebert - unfinished. Still, the film is supported by a good hook, some snappy editing, sharp sound, good action sequences, a moving final act and an interestingly inventive use of historical liberties. Just like the first one, the soundtrack needs to be discussed. Alan Silvestri's score is much more fitting than Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli's from the first one, but it's just better, in general. As much as I like the original's score, Silvestri's isn't as cheesy and has some more depth, as well as a less overly contemporary feel to contradict the Western theme. The score is much more grounded in the film's timeline, yet still retains the colorfullness of the original score. Of course, what hurts that is Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory", which is really good and all, but still feels a bit too mainstream and contemporary, but just barely, believe it or not. But then they got to "Billy Get Your Guns", which is also good and all, but pretty much took good care of that "this seems to fit" mood. Still, get past that, then the music is a deeper, less cheesy and much more appropriate improvement on the still solid score from the preceeding film. As for the ensemble, it has decreased so that we can be more intimate with the characters, who are also finally given some development. However, while this does have a positive affect on the character investment, it damages the entertainment value. However, Estevez is almost a redemption, as he had added more color to his character to make him more entertaining, as well as more dimension to make him more compelling. There's another thing: The performances are strong and arguably improve upon the performances in the original. Well, Lou Diamond Phillips is certainly better, as he puts on a passable job instead of overacted job. He's climbing up the ladder, though not as quickly as Estevez and Sutherland, who are compelling, charming and generally strong leads. Still, as much as I've praised the film, the rushed pacing really takes some heavy hits against the film and keeps it from feeling too special and memorable. Probably the only reason why people remember it is because it's the sequel to a cult hit and made Bon Jovi more popular until everyone pretty much forgot about him during the big "Music Quality Drop of the 2000s". Man, I can just see someone in about 10 years doing another hip ensemble Western with the new music icon behind it: Rap. I think I'm gonna pass on "Young Glocks". You guys like how I forced that joke it there? But seriously though, the film has made some major improvements, but still lacks the strong and ever-intensifying compellingness of its predecssor, which would have worked great with this more complex story. Nevertheless, "Young Guns II" is a solid companion piece to the original cult hit and stands as an improvable, but still generally well-executed and charming adventure.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    Sequel to the cool Young Guns, Young Guns II is the story of how Billy The Kid is trying to outrun Pat Garrett and make it it safely to Old Mexico. As far as sequels so, usually they aren't that great, but Young Guns II is an interesting sequel with an awesome story that definitely delivers an entertaining 2 hours. The film follows the events after the first film, and many of the cast of the first film return where they left off. I am a fan of the old school Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, but the Young Guns films are Westerns that are a lot of fun. This second film has a lot of action, a good soundtrack and good acting. Compared to the old school Westerns, Young Guns I and II can't compare, but it does deliver a dose of a classic Western film to a "hiper" audience. I think that Young Guns II is a fine sequel and really, I can't decide between which film I liked better. Each are very good and fun. The films are nothing epic, but the fact that it's a film about legendary outlaw Billy The Kid makes it worth watching. Emilio Estevez (who's career pretty much went no where) is a well suited actor to play Billy The Kid and he reprises his role here, and he delivers another great comical, eccentric performance. Young Guns II is a revamped Western film that gives the genre new blood. Along with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Young Guns II can be considered a lifeline for a somewhat dying genre of cinema. Also in a way, i'd see both films in the Young Guns series as a bridge from the old spaghetti Westerns to the more recent Westerns Such as Unforgiven, The Quick And The Dead and the remake of True Grit. Without Young Guns I and II, I'm sure the genre would've died long ago.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    I enjoyed this movie just as much as the 1st
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2009
    Far away from the first movie "Young Guns". I didn't like at all.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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