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Young Guns (1988)

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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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,011,393 (USA) (14 August 1988)

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$45,661,556 (USA)
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Lou Diamond Phillips stated in the commentary that he went to a meeting with the producers for what he thought was an audition. After explaining his character to him, he had thought they wanted him to act out a scene. After an odd pause John Fusco the producer said "well?" - Phillips realized this wasn't an audition but they were offering him the part of Chavez. See more »

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Dick and Billy have their guns pointed at one another during an argument at the dinner table when the camera cuts to Chavez watching what is going on. Behind him is an unknown man with a moustache in a white shirt with a black vest and a cowboy hat also watching what is going on. See more »

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Richard Brewer: We've got a warrant for you, old man.
Buckshot Roberts: I ain't got no business with that war no more, peckerhead son of a bitch. I'm on my own. I've come to pick up the 150 dollars Sheriff Brady has put out for the kid. The rest of you are only worth about 110, but I'll take it.
Doc: What a sweet disposition.
Buckshot Roberts: All right, let's dance.
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Referenced in Long Ranger and Tonton: Shooting Stars of the West (1989) See more »

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Well, I've had you pegged as the type that likes... educatin' young men.
5 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was recommended to me a long time ago, and I finally get a chance to see it.

Now, there are two things right off the bat that I like about the film. One, it's filmed in New Mexico, and that is a good setting for a western. Secondly, it has a whole bunch of actors worth watching, even if they don't do a great job of acting.

After Murphey's (Jack Palance) gang guns down the boy's guardian (Terence Stamp), they set out to arrest the perps.

Once Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) starts the killing, the rest of the gang have no choice but to go along. First, they get high, then they get wild.

With Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Charlie Sheen, it was a rousing western adventure.


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