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Dirty Little Billy (1972)

 -  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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November 1972 (USA)  »

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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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Hidden gem?
21 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for some years, but it made quite an impression. My memory of the plot is sketchy, but I remember a pungent sense of place and the black humour of re-presenting an outlaw hero as a dysfunctional teenager. Michael J Pollard was "hot" in my mind due to his showing in Hannibal Brooks. He certainly went for broke with his portrayal of Billy as a bumbling and baffled (retarded, even?) teen in a Wild West that is knee-deep in mud and horse-muck. The pistols Billy wielded seemed almost too big for him, huge, clumsy and old-fashioned. Certainly as a impressionable British youngster, I'd never seen anything like it before.

I'm more than pleased to encourage others to seek it out. It could well be a bit of a hidden gem - the flavour and satirical energy of the piece are surely in tune with today's tastes.


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