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Dirty Little Billy (1972)

R  |   |  Western  |  November 1972 (USA)
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A more based in reality unsensationalistic portrayal of the gritty early years of one of the most famous Wild West outlaws in history.

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Richard Evans ...
Goldie
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Berle
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Ben Antrim
Dran Hamilton ...
Willard Sage ...
Henry McCarty
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Ed
Alex Wilson ...
Len
Ronny Graham ...
Charle Nile
Josip Elic ...
Jawbone
Richard Stahl ...
Earl Lovitt
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Basil Crabtree
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Berle's customer
Scott Walker ...
Stormy
Rosary Nix ...
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A more based in reality unsensationalistic portrayal of the gritty early years of one of the most famous Wild West outlaws in history.

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Billy the Kid was a punk.

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Western

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Billy Kid je bil prostak  »

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Billy Bonney: [Goldie wants Berle to serve a costumer] She don't wanna work, she don't have to work, it ain't right to make her work.
Goldie: Ain't right? Who the hell says it ain't right?
Billy Bonney: It ain't right, it just ain't right.
Goldie: [slaps Billy] Now gimme that gun, Bill! Where do you think this comes from? Do you think this is free? You think we eat and drink around here for free? You ungrateful little bastard!
[starts beating Billy]
Billy Bonney: You can hit me all you want... but it still ain't right.
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Everyone is Dirty
26 March 2005 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Back in the ancient 1970's, only the high budget pictures had production designers. The others had to rely on the cinematographer to make sure the art director, the set designer, and the make-up/costume people were all on the same page; so that the picture had a consistent look. Ralph Woolsey was one of the better cinematographers at keeping all these elements under control. He was a busy guy in 1972 and two of his pictures were westerns: "Dirty Little Billy" was made right after "The Culpepper Cattle Company"- arguably one of the top ten westerns of all time. And while "CCC" is significantly better than "DLB", they share beautiful cinematography and production design (may have literally shared it because they probably used the same stuff in both productions).

It became popular after Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971) to replace the well-scrubbed Roy Rogers look and portray the west as dirty, dusty, gritty, unshaven, and tattered. Woolsey eagerly embraced this realism and gave us two of the grimiest features we are likely to see. Perhaps the most entertaining thing about "DLB" was the casting of Lee Purcell as the seediest looking western heroine of all time. Compared to "Berle", Susan Tyrell's saloon gal "Alma" ("Shoot Out") was a tidy sorority girl. You might expect this look from Barbara Hershey, but Purcell was deservingly typecast as prissy/demure so the movie is worth a look just to imagine her inwardly cringing each time she had to make an appearance on the set.

The story itself is extreme historical distortion, but so moronic as to render itself harmless. Still, it is puzzling that they bothered to give it the appearance of being history, as it would have worked fine as fiction. It has a nice surprise ending and several soon-to-be-famous-in-television actors; Mills Watson would go on to great things as bumbling Deputy Perkins in the many "Sheriff Lobo" programs and Dick Van Patten would play father "Tom Bradford" on "Eight Is Enough".


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