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 <>

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Release Date:

6 June 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Billy the Kid  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Paul Newman was widely felt to be miscast as Billy the Kid since at 33 he was considerably older than the character. Billy was supposed to be 18 in the film. See more »


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 »


Pat Garrett: This is my wedding, Billy. You try to start something, I'll take it hard.
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
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9 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Arthur Penn directed this obscure(and umpteenth) filming of the story of Billy The Kid(William Bonny) Paul Newman(utterly miscast) plays Billy as a misunderstood and pensive youth who merely wanted to avenge the death of his employer, an expatriate Englishman and cattle rancher murdered by a corrupt sheriff and his men because they didn't want the competition. Billy hunts down and kills the men responsible, but becomes a wanted criminal as a result. His friend and lawman Pat Garret(played by John Dehner) reluctantly pursues him, as Billy's fame grows... Terrible film is unbearably slow and uninteresting; a real chore to sit through, and misinformed title makes it look even worse!

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