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W.S. Van Dyke
Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on the men who killed him, even if it means opposing his friend, Marshal Jim Sherwood. Written by
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The movie follows partially the events about William Bonney and the Lincoln County War
This early film follows the exciting life of Billy Bonney . This is an interesting but flawed Western . With Robert Taylor in title role, in one of his first movies, and Donlevy as his friend and later marshal, but the movie fails to gel overall. Robert Taylor as the title character, Brian Donlevy as an alike-Pat Garrett are good, and Ian Hunter who plays a look-alike to Tunstall; although some acting seem badly dated today. Sweeping and glimmer cinematography by William L. Skall. Great musical score by David Snell, including Mexican songs almost make you forget the screenplay ain't so hot. The director David Miller creates some fine action scenes, he posteriorly directed a classic Western, 'Lonely are the brave' .
Another known films about this legendary outlaw are : 'Billy the Kid(1930)' by King Vidor with John Mack Brown and Wallace Beery; 'The left-handed gun(1958)' by Arthur Penn with Paul Newman; 'Pat Garret and Billy the Kid(1973)' by Sam Peckinpah; 'Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid' with Val Kilmer; 'Young Guns(1988)' by Christopher Cain with Emilio Estevez; and 'Young Guns 2(1990)' by Geoff Murphy.
The picture is partially based on real events. The actual deeds are the following : The most famous outlaw-gunslinger of the South-west , Billy the Kid was known by several names, but mostly as William Bonney. Believed have been born in New York City, Billy moved west with his family and eventually became a cowboy in Lincoln county, New Mexico, for cattleman J.H. Tunstall(in the movie similar role played by Ian Hunter). In February 1878 Tunstall was killed by a cattle rival( played by Gene Lockhart)and this started the Lincoln County war, in which Billy played a leading part and was one of the group that shot dead Sheriff Brady. After his preceptor has been murdered he seeks vengeance for his death. He became an outlaw with a price on his head. Pat Garret(named in the film as Sherwood and played by Brian Donlevy), a former friend of the Kid, was elected sheriff of Lincoln County and set out to capture the young outlaw. He caught him and sentenced to be hanged. But Bill, although shackled hand and foot, managed to escape from jail by shooting dead the two deputies guarding him. Garrett went after him again and on 15 July 1881 tracked him at Fort Sumner, and there shot him dead by surprise in a darkened room.
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