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Young Guns (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1988 (USA)
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A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

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1878 in New Mexico: John Tunstall picks up young gun men from the road to have them work on his ranch, but also to teach them reading and to civilize them. However he's a thorn in the side of the rich rancher Murphy, as he's a competitor in selling cattle. One day he's shot by Murphy's men. Judge Wilson can't do anything, since Sheriff Brady is one of Murphy's men. But attorney Alex persuades him to constitute Tunstall's young friends to Deputies and give them warrants of arrest for the murderers. Instead of arresting them, William Bonney just shoots them down. Soon the 5 guys become famous and William gets the name "Billie the Kid" - but they're also chased by dozens of Murphy's men and the army. The people however honor him as fighter for justice. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$44,726,644 (USA)
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Trivia

In one scene "Billy" is reading a report that claims he is a lefty, to this he replies, "I ain't left-handed." This is a reference to films, books and media wrongly claiming Billy the Kid was left-handed based on the tintype photograph of him (tintypes produce a reversed image), making Billy look like he used his left hand to shoot. See more »

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African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans are seen firing side by side in the battle at McSween's house. While the African-American units did have white members (the officer class), it is clear from the number and position of the white soldiers that they cannot all be officers. US Army units were not desegregated until 1948. See more »

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Richard Brewer: [after they catch two Murphy Men] Buenos días Shitheads!
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Siemaszko, Estevez and Phillips make this show.
22 June 2001 | by (West Valley) – See all my reviews

With a cast of six great actors (especially the three mentioned up above) you know you can't go wrong. Estevez was powerful and a dead ringer for Billy the Kid. He was fast, furious and he takes you on a wild ride from the moment he hits the screen (very beginning). His character didn't really sit still for a second and his sharp wit and devilish humor are masked well underneath his thirst for revenge and blood. I also believe that he had a need for power and this was entwined well with the other facets of the character. Phillps was truly incredible as the spiritual leader of the team, who had a serious bone to pick. I really saw true talent being performed in the scenes where he painted his face black and guides the others in a spiritual journey. He also especially eminates this talent at the end where he talks about the attack on his family. However, I think the finest performance of the pack goes to Casey Siemaszko's Charlie Bowdre. Almost an innocent, laid back character in the beginning, you see each of his layers peal away until you see an amazing sequence of emotions. Ranging from a good humored farm hand, to a lonely vigilante, to a newly wed to a soldier of justice and then finally in the end giving everything he has to obtain some justice. Amazing. It's a shame he's not more recognized in the eyes of Hollywood today. 8.5 out of 10.


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