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Leslie Stevens (screenplay)
Gore Vidal (play)
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Release Date:
17 May 1958 (USA) See more »
This is William Bonney, a juvenile "tough" from the back-alleys of New York... a teenager wanted dead or alive throughout the West. This is the screen's first real story of the strange teen-age desperado known to legend as "Billy the Kid"... See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Billy The Kid

Lita Milan ... Celsa

John Dehner ... Pat Garrett

Hurd Hatfield ... Moultrie
James Congdon ... Charlie Boudre

James Best ... Tom Folliard

Colin Keith-Johnston ... Tunstall

John Dierkes ... McSween

Robert Anderson ... Hill (as Bob Anderson)

Wally Brown ... Deputy Moon
Ainslie Pryor ... Joe Grant

Martin Garralaga ... Saval

Denver Pyle ... Ollinger

Paul Smith ... Smith

Nestor Paiva ... Pete Maxwell
Jo Summers ... Bride

Robert Foulk ... Sheriff Brady
Anne Barton ... Mrs. Hill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Avery ... Townsman (uncredited)
George Bell ... Deputy (uncredited)
Joe Bell ... Peddler (uncredited)
Orlando Beltran ... Mexican Farmer (uncredited)
George Berkeley ... (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco ... Townsman (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Townsman on Street with Mason (uncredited)
Mary Lou Clifford ... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)

Stephen Coit ... Alexander Ganz - Photographer (uncredited)
Cecil Combs ... Deputy (uncredited)
Jess Franco ... Young Gypsy Man (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Angry Townsman (uncredited)
Elias Gamboa ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Robert Griffin ... Morton (uncredited)
Maria Haro ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Jerry Hartleben ... Boy (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kay Koury ... Mexican Woman (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... General Store Clerk (uncredited)
David O. McCall ... Townsman (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Mrs. McSween (uncredited)

Tina Menard ... Mexican Woman (uncredited)

Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tessie Murray ... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)
Tom Nolan ... Boy (uncredited)
Joseph V. Perry ... Clerk (uncredited)

Joe Phillips ... Barfly (uncredited)
Stephanie Pond-Smith ... (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Man on Street with Deputy (uncredited)
Joseph Sanchez ... Boy (uncredited)
Oreste Seragnoli ... Priest (uncredited)
Morgan Shaan ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Dan Sheridan ... Bucky (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Clerk (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jorge Treviño ... Ramírez (uncredited)
Glen Turnbull ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ernesto Zambrano ... Old Gypsy Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Penn 
Writing credits
Leslie Stevens (screenplay)

Gore Vidal (play)

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Art Loel 
Set Decoration by
William L. Kuehl 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Jack Voglin .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Walter Feldman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Don Olson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... composer: ballad
William Goyen .... composer: ballad
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The movie was a flop at the US box office.See more »
Factual errors: The film is about western outlaw Billy the Kid, who was in fact right-handed.See more »
Moultrie:[when he sees Billy] I knew you weren't dead!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Legends of the West (1992)See more »
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
In search of a father., 28 May 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

Like the precedent user said,all that will follow in Penn's best works is already here:the search of a father,the marginal hero,incapable of becoming part of a community.In "Miracle worker", which I look upon as his masterpiece,Helen's father is thoroughly unable to communicate with his daughter who immures herself in her autism.In "the chase" Robert Redford's character has been an outcast for his whole life.In "Bonnie and Clyde" ,not only Penn depicts par excellence marginal characters but he also introduces CW Moss's character ,whose father is a mean old man,and who loves the two gangsters as his parents.

At the beginning of the movie ,Billy is still a boy searching for his identity.His boss,who reads him the Bible ("through a glass,darkly"),gives him what he's longing for.One must notice that the relationship Billy/his boss-father is too short on the screen to be really convincing.This is accentuated by the fact that the supporting cast is faceless,and once his "dad" is dead,Newman carries the movie on his own:his performance is typically "actor's studio",very deep,very introspective,in a nutshell he plays Billy as he would play a Tennesse Williams character.We're far from the western actor,such as John Wayne or Joel McCrea.The sentence "I do not want you" often comes in the lines and drives Billy to despair and violence.Actually it's the last sentence he hears from the man he loves so much.

Because they have no shoulder to lean on,Penn's heroes are doomed oedipean human beings and except for Helen in "Miracle worker",their destiny leaves them no hope.

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