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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid -- An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

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Director:
Writer:
Rudy Wurlitzer (written by)
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Release Date:
31 August 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Best of enemies. Deadliest of friends.
Plot:
An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations See more »
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(26 articles)
User Reviews:
One of the best contemporary westerns made See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Coburn ... Pat Garrett

Kris Kristofferson ... Billy The Kid

Richard Jaeckel ... Sheriff Kip McKinney

Katy Jurado ... Mrs. Baker

Chill Wills ... Lemuel

Barry Sullivan ... Chisum

Jason Robards ... Governor Wallace

Bob Dylan ... Alias

R.G. Armstrong ... Ollinger

Luke Askew ... Eno

John Beck ... Poe
Richard Bright ... Holly

Matt Clark ... J.W. Bell
Rita Coolidge ... Maria

Jack Dodson ... Howland

Jack Elam ... Alamosa Bill

Emilio Fernández ... Paco (as Emilio Fernandez)

Paul Fix ... Maxwell

L.Q. Jones ... Black Harris

Slim Pickens ... Sheriff Baker
Jorge Russek ... Silva

Charles Martin Smith ... Bowdre (as Charlie Martin Smith)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Luke
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Horrell
John Davis Chandler ... Norris (as John Chandler)
Michael T. Mikler ... Denver (as Mike Mikler)
Aurora Clavel ... Ida Garrett (as Aurora Clavell)

Rutanya Alda ... Ruthie Lee
Walter Kelley ... Rupert
Rudy Wurlitzer ... O'Folliard

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Cody
Gene Evans ... Mr. Horrell
Donnie Fritts ... Beaver

Dub Taylor ... Josh
Don Levy ... Sackett
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Bruce Dern ... Deputy (uncredited)

Sam Peckinpah ... Will (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
 
Writing credits
Rudy Wurlitzer (written by)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bob Dylan 
 
Cinematography by
John Coquillon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Berlatsky 
Garth Craven 
Tony de Zarraga  (as Tony De Zarraga)
Richard Halsey 
Roger Spottiswoode 
Robert L. Wolfe 
 
Casting by
Patricia Mock 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist (as Jack P. Wilson)
Herbert Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... unit production manager
Alfonso Sánchez Tello .... production manager: Mexico (as Alfonso Sanchez Tello)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Newt Arnold .... assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Gordon T. Dawson .... second unit director (as Gordon Dawson)
Jesus Marin Bello .... assistant director: Mexico
Lawrence J. Powell .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. .... property master (as Robert John Visciglia)
 
Sound Department
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound
Bill Wistrom .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special visual effects (as A.J. Lohman)
 
Stunts
William H. Burton .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunts (uncredited)
Harrold Laswell .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Smith .... camera operator
Gabriel Torres .... director of photography: second unit (as Gabriel Torres G.)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Butler .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katherine Haber .... production staff (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for western violence and sexuality/nudity
Runtime:
122 min (1988 restored version) | 115 min (2005 DVD Special Edition) | 106 min (Cut theatrical version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (Cable TV rating) | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Canada:14A (TV rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1987) (video release) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
Barry Sullivan (Chisum) had played Pat Garrett in the TV series "The Tall Man" (1960). And James Coburn (Garrett) will play John Chisum in "Young guns II" (1990).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Lemuel refers to Pat Garrett as "Patrick J. Garrett." But Garrett's real middle name was Floyd.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Colin Baker:Understand you been ridin' for Chisum. I'd rather be on the outside of the law than packing a badge for that town of Lincoln and them that's a-runnin' it.
Pat Garrett:It's a job. Comes an age in a man's life when he don't wanna spend time figuring what comes next.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mob Job (1974)See more »

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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
One of the best contemporary westerns made, 16 March 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Opening with the gunning down of Pat Garrett in 1909, we flash back to 1881 where Garrett has been hired to bring his ex-partner in crime Billy the Kid to justice. The story unfolds against a backdrop of a west that is moving forward, driven by businessmen (represented by Chisum) leaving behind the 'old ways'.

Of modern (ie after 50's and 60's) westerns Once Upon a Time in the West stands out as the best. However I feel that this film covers similar themes, of the death of the cowboy way and passing of times. The story is not really a duel between Pat and Billy but more a look at times changing around them – with Garrett changing with them and Billy trying to remain still. The story is well told with plenty of good characters, great setups and interesting dialogue. The relationships and the look at the old west 'code' easily hold the interest.

Peckinpah does plenty of good work here – for example intercutting the killing of Garrett with the killing of chickens etc, making it visually clever too. However his best move is the use of Bob Dylan's score – it could have been intrusive and made the film feel tacky and like it tries too hard to be hip. Instead the score works well and gives the film a soulful feel.

The cast is not only superb but deep with talent. Coburn is as good as ever as Garrett, struggling to move with times he doesn't approve of. Kristofferson is good, but his character of Billy is not well developed, but he still has a strong role to play. The support cast is full of famous faces from Westerns and a few actors just starting out – slim Pickens, Chill Wills, Jack Elam, Luke Ashew, Charles Martin Smith, Harry Dean Stanton and a good part for Bob Dylan.

If you're watching it – make sure you've got the restored version that adds 15 minutes and uses the score better. The director's version makes more of the role of Boss Chisum and fills the story out with playful brothel scenes and delivers a few more cameos. It makes a big difference to the film and lifts the story above being Garrett versus Billy the Kid.

Overall an excellent western from one of the greats at this type of thing.

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