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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 »
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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)
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Peckinpah's final, haunting eulogy to the West and Westerns See more (103 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Dern ... Deputy (uncredited)

Sam Peckinpah ... Will (uncredited)

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 Jr. .... 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 (Metrocolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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:
According to Kris Kristofferson, director Sam Peckinpah so detested the studio cut of this film he actually urinated on the screen.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Pat Leaves Fort Sumner, a young boy throws stones at him. In longer shots, Pat and the boy are in shadow, but the close shots of the boy show him in bright sunshine with clear sharp shadows defined.See more »
Quotes:
Billy:You're in poor company, Pat.
Garrett:Yeah, but I'm alive.
Billy:So am I...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Be Cool (2005)See more »

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52 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Peckinpah's final, haunting eulogy to the West and Westerns, 10 March 2005
Author: j_beaudine from Lake Park, Minnesota

Simply put, Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is one of the last great Westerns ever made. Like most of 'Bloody' Sam's films, "Pat Garrett" was molested and cut by the studio, MGM upon its release. The film would be panned by audiences and critics. It's a shame that Peckinpah never lived to see the longer cut of the film finally released to a wider audience on VHS. It would become a cult hit and is now known as one of the best Westerns and one of Peckinpah's best.

The film depicts the final days of Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) before he was killed by his friend Pat Garrett (James Coburn), the newly appointed sheriff of the territory. Other than the fine performances of Coburn and Kristofferson, the film also features excellent supporting roles from famous Western regulars and members of Peckinpah's stock of actors. The long list of players include Jason Robards, Bob Dylan (also the film's music composer), Slim Pickens, R.G. Armstrong, L.Q. Jones, Katy Jurado, Paul Fix, Chill Wills, Jack Elam, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Jaeckel, and Dub Taylor. Most of the characters are killed off in the film, violently evoking both the death of the West and Westerns.

Peckinpah's two regular themes are here: the death of the West, and men living past their time and deciding whether or not they should accept change. My favorite scene in the film takes place about halfway through the film. Pat Garrett, isolated and alone, is sitting by his fire near a river bank. He sees a man about his age and his family sailing on a raft down the river. The man is shooting bottles for target practice. Garrett takes a shot at a bottle. The man sees Garrett and shoots back. Garrett then takes cover behind the nearby tree. They both are aiming at each, but just lower their guns are stare at each other. The raft continues to flow down the river. The scene, which was the reason why Peckinpah, Coburn, and almost everyone wanted to take part in the film, has so much meaning to it. 1. It references an earlier scene with Garrett and Sheriff Baker (Slim Pickens). Baker was building a boat so he could drift out of territory because of how awful it has become. Tragicaly, Baker does not get a chance to see this dream. 2. The scene also references the shoot-out between Garrett and Black Harris (L.Q. Jones). Before his death, Harris yells to Garrett "Us old boys shouldn't be doing this to each other." The same thing happens between Garrrett and the man on the raft.

Other than the performances, the film also features some good musical pieces by Dylan. John Coquillon's cinematography is also very beautiful and haunting at the same time. Peckinpah, as always, was able to get period detail down correctly. Rudy Wurlitzer also did a fine job at the screenplay, despite Peckinpah improving most of it himself. Coburn's performance was possibly his best ever. The idea of Garrett having a lot of inner conflict was good. Garrett knew that he had a job to do, but just could not handle the fact it was his friend that he had to kill. Maybe he was the one who put the gun in the outhouse for Billy to use. It was also great to see the myth and actual facts of the last days of this incident played out.

Although this film may have a few faults (some of Dylan's music and a few of his scenes), "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is really worth the time to view now that a DVD will be released on January 10th, 2006. The Two-Disc set will feature two versions of the film. The first one is a 115 min. version editied by Peckinpah biographers Nick Redman and Paul Seydor. The second disc will feature the 122 min. version assembled in 1988. According to both men, there was no final cut to "Pat Garrett." The version that Peckinpah screeded for the MGM heads was just a rough cut. Either way, the DVD will now a new generation of film lovers to be able to view how costly it is when an artist cannot complete his work. Peckinpah and editiors originally had six months to edit, but the idiots from the studio cut it down to two months. I guess the new 115 minute version of the film is closer to Peckinpah's vision because of notes and interviews with the filmmaker's colleagues. No matter which version you will watch, "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" is a sad but magnificent Western made by one of the last great storytellers of the Western genre.

Billy: Old Pat...Sheriff Pat Garrett. Sold out to the Sana Fe ring. How does it feel?

Pat: It feels like...that times have changed.

Billy: Times maybe. Not me.

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