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The Left Handed Gun (1958)

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After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers,

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William Bonney - Billy the Kid - gets a job with a cattleman known as 'The Englishman,' and is befriended by the peaceful, religious man. But when a crooked sheriff and his men murder the Englishman because he plans to supply the local Army fort with his beef, Billy decides to avenge the death by killing the four men responsible, throwing the lives of everyone around him - Tom and Charlie, two hands he worked with; Pat Garrett, who is about to be married; and the kindly Mexican couple who take him in when he's in trouble - into turmoil, and endangering the General Amnesty set up by Governor Wallace to bring peace to the New Mexico Territory. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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I don't run. I don't hide. I go where I want. I do what I want. See more »


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Directorial debut of Arthur Penn. See more »

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The "Englishman" describes his origins as from Ayrshire, a county in South West Scotland. In that case he would be a Scot and not English. See more »

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McSween: [about the murdered Tunstall] Lord God, this was a quiet man. He lived the way a man ought to live. He did not lie. He did not hurt. He listened to any man who spoke to him.
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Version of The Time Tunnel: Billy the Kid (1967) See more »

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A solid movie but also routine...
20 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Left Handed Gun (1958)

You have to be curious what director Arthur Penn did before his famous "Bonnie and Clyde" from almost a decade later. And with Paul Newman as the leading man, charming and funny and not totally unlike Warren Beatty in the later film as a lovable outlaw, it works.

But it's also a kind of routine affair, mixing funny or violent scenes (often led by the incomparable Newman) with more ordinary ones that keep the movie in line. It's pretty interesting and well enough done stuff, for sure, but relatively routine. Not much different than other Westerns in the 1950s.

There is some history built in here--Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. And Newman makes a creditable Billy, and a sympathetic one, a kind of victim of a terrible childhood, good hearted and with a simple morality that doesn't quite match what the law demands.

The clichés are not all in play here, which is nice. Check it out.


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