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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid -- Oscar-winner James Coburn portrays legendary outlaw Billy the Kid's childhood friend, Pat Garrett.  Now a law-abiding sheriff, he arrests Billy for murder.  Sentenced to hang, Billy escapes in a hail of gunfire forcing Pat to hunt him down.
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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31 August 1973 (Hong Kong) See more »
Best of enemies. Deadliest of friends.
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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  (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:
Elizabeth Dupeyrón

Bruce Dern ... Deputy (uncredited)

Sam Peckinpah ... Will (uncredited)
Larry Powell ... Man Shot by Billy the Kid (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
Larry Powell .... second assistant director (as Lawrence J. Powell)
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)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" - USA (poster title)
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Rated R for western violence and sexuality/nudity (Approved No. 23565)
122 min (1988 restored version) | 115 min (2005 DVD Special Edition) | 106 min (Cut theatrical version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (cut) | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (Approved No. 23565) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Multiple technical problems led to costly reshoots, including malfunctioning cameras.See more »
Anachronisms: Though the film takes place in 1881, many of the characters use Winchester Model 1892 rifles which were not available until 1892.See more »
Billy:Ol' Pat... Sheriff Pat Garrett. Sold out to the Santa Fe ring. How does it feel?
Garrett:It feels like... times have changed.
Billy:Times, maybe. Not me.
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Featured in Rewind This! (2013)See more »


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45 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Sporadically brilliant., 15 May 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is a unique western. Parts of it are just brilliant, other moments are bungled, but it is composed and structured like no other movie from the genre.

Everyone knows the western legend about these two central characters, who went from being friends to sworn adversaries. The leading performances of James Coburn (Garrett) and Kris Kristofferson (Billy) are rather colourless, but the subsidiary characters are beautifully delineated. There are some pretentious moments. For example, near the start Billy is arrested and as he makes his way towards the lawmen who have come to take him, he adopts a Christ-like pose which is presumably meant to signify that he was some kind of martyr among Wild West outlaws (when, in reality, he was probably just a psychopath).

However, there are stunning moments in the film too. In fact, the scene in which Slim Pickens stumbles, wounded and mortally bleeding, to a riverside so that he can die peacefully is arguably the most moving scene ever in a motion picture. The acting, the music and the photography fit together harmoniously to make this a truly magical cinematic moment.

One word of warning: beware of the incoherent, chopped-up 106 minute version of the film. If you're planning to watch it, go for the full 122 minute director's cut, which is immeasurably superior.

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