Young Guns II (1990)




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Only three of the original five "young guns" -- Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) -- return in Young Guns II, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett (William Petersen). Along the way, Billy's crew gains three new recruits: Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh (Christian Slater), Tom O'Folliard (Balthazar Getty), and Hendry French (Alan Ruck). Though the film suffers from an uneven script, many performances -- particularly Slater's -- are surprisingly strong, and the movie looks great. The theme song, "Blaze of Glory," is performed by Jon Bon Jovi in his first solo appearance; the rocker also has a cameo in the film.
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Christian Slater
as Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh
Bradley Whitford
as Charles Phalen
Jon Bon Jovi
as Pit Inmate
Viggo Mortensen
as John W. Poe
Kiefer Sutherland
as Doc Scurlock
Emilio Estevez
as Billy the Kid
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Chavez y Chavez
James Coburn
as John Chisum
Nick Gomez
as Fernando
William L. Petersen
as Pat Garrett
Alan Ruck
as Hendry French
Scott Wilson
as Gov. Lew Wallace
Balthazar Getty
as Tom O'Folliard
Jenny Wright
as Jane Greathouse
Robert Knepper
as Deputy Carlyle
Tracey Walter
as Beever Smith
Richard Schiff
as Rat Bag
Leon Rippy
as Bob Ollinger
Don Simpson
as Pinkerton Man
Jack Kehoe
as Ashmun Upson
Tom Kurlander
as J.W. Bell
R.D. Call
as D.A. Ryerson
Adam Taylor Gordon
as Bounty Hunter
Lee de Broux
as Bounty Hunter
Robert Harvey
as Townsman
Tony Frank
as Judge Bristol
Jerry Gardner
as Sheriff Kimbel
John Hammil
as Pendleton
Redmond Gleeson
as Murphy Man
Rene L. Moreno
as Villager
Bo Gray
as Pit Inmate
Ed Adams
as Poe Posse
Domingo Ambriz
as Vaquero
Bud Stout
as Poe Posse
John Alderson
as Guano Miner
John Fusco
as Branded Man
Ted Kairys
as Town Dweller
Tom Byrd
as Pit Inmate
Joy Bouton
as Juanita
Airen Balen
as Student
Danielle Blanchard
as Tom's Dove
Walter Feldbusch
as Pit Inmate
Frank Fierro Jr.
as Villager
Carlotta Garcia
as Deluvina Maxwell
Donald Guideau
as Pit Inmate
Joey Joe Hamlin
as Chivato's Pal
Sixto Joost
as Bounty Hunter
Stephan Kraus
as Pietro
Iris Pappas
as Barmaid
Holt Parker
as Sumner Priest
Chief Buddy Redbow
as Chief Victorio
Rudy Sena
as Bounty Hunter
Mark Silverstein
as Poe Posse
Sonny Skyhawk
as Vaquero
Albert Trujillo
as Jesus Silva
William Upchurch
as Drunken Idiot
Howie Young
as Poe Posse
Adam Taylor
as Bounty Hunter
William Fisher
as 2nd Aide
Michael Eiland
as Shopkeeper
Tom Byrd
as Pit Inmate
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Critic Reviews for Young Guns II

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Murphy directs cleanly, arranging the shoot-outs and Billy's personal declarations of doubt with a solid rhythm, making the film feel urged instead of assigned.

Full Review… | August 7, 2010

Expected western sequel w/young Hollywood cast.

March 22, 2008

Can you resist a movie with a Jon Bon Jovi theme song? You can? But this was before he turned into a total wuss!

July 16, 2003

Lacks the grit and intensity of its predecessor.

November 4, 2002

Not as fresh or character-driven as the first film but still a hoot, "Young Guns II" is probably one of the better films of Estevez, Sutherland et al's career. Jon Bon Jovi also deserves a lot of credit for the movies appeal, creating an original set of s

September 19, 2002

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Young Guns II


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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Close to the first, not quite as good due to the fact they try and make it to silly here and there, silly wanna be funny moments that dont work. The soundtrack is better and the action looks better. The cast is still great but its just alittle too over the top. It all looks like the Bon Jovi music video, the ending is also abit stupid, but the final gunfight though short lived is pretty cool.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

excellant not as good as the first but is very close behind it excellant

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