MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 94 this week

Young Guns (1988)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  12 August 1988 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 35,600 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 112 user | 48 critic | 13 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 09 Dec 2010
 
a list of 30 titles
created 25 Jan 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 07 Feb 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Young Guns" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Young Guns (1988)

Young Guns (1988) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Young Guns.

User Polls

1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Men at Work (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Carl and James are two pleasant but unambitious garbage men. Carl has a telescope with which he observes his neighbors. One evening he sees a man giving a female neighbor a hard time. As ... See full summary »

Director: Emilio Estevez
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Leslie Hope
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Riggs and Murtaugh are on the trail of South African diplomats who are using their immunity to engage in criminal activities.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Axel Foley returns to Beverly Hills to help Taggart and Rosewood investigate Chief Bogamil's near-fatal shooting and the series of "alphabet crimes" associated with it.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jürgen Prochnow
Rush Hour (1998)
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Ken Leung
Tango & Cash (1989)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two cops are framed and must clear their names.

Directors: Andrey Konchalovskiy, Albert Magnoli
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell, Teri Hatcher
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, John Lone
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A tough cop is given his most difficult assignment ever: to masquerade as a kindergarten teacher in order to find a drug dealer.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Dave is deaf, and Wally is blind. They witness a murder, but it was Dave who was looking at her, and Wally who was listening.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Joan Severance
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton
Money Talks (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sought by police and criminals, a small-time huckster makes a deal with a TV newsman for protection.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Chris Tucker, Heather Locklear
Blue Streak (1999)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former convict poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago.

Director: Les Mayfield
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A gang of ex-cons rob a casino during Elvis convention week.

Director: Demian Lichtenstein
Stars: Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Courteney Cox
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Sharon Thomas Cain ...
Susan McSween (as Sharon Thomas)
...
...
...
Thomas Callaway ...
Texas Joe Grant (as Tom Callaway)
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

rancher | deputy | new mexico | army | cattle | See more »

Taglines:

Don't count the odds, count the bodies. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jovenes Pistoleros  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$44,726,644 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the final shootout, in a quick cut, one of the soldiers firing from behind the barricade appears to have aviator sunglasses on. See more »

Quotes

"Dirty Steve" Stephens: You're a red ass Mexican greaser, you do it with your horse. Mexican greaser!
Chavez: Come here, you little white chicken shit.
See more »

Connections

Featured in I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1988 (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A pack of young stars take on the western legend known as Billy the Kid.
6 July 2007 | by (Front Royal, VA) – See all my reviews

The year is 1870 and the place is Lincoln County in New Mexico territory. A young William H. Bonney is rescued from a possible hanging by John Tunstall, who befriends the youth and makes him part of the family of young guns known as Regulators. This puts Billy in the midst of a territorial dispute between Tunstall and the Santa Fe Ring, led by Lawrence G. Murphy, villainously portrayed by Jack Palance. Another western legend, Pat Garrett, is played by Patrick Wayne, the son, of course, of John Wayne.

After the killing of Tunstall by Murphy's henchmen, the Regulators and Billy hit on all cylinders in extracting revenge for the slaughter of their benefactor. The Regulators are branded as outlaws, and the "legal forces" of Murphy attempt to pare them down to nothing. This leads to a final shootout on the streets of Lincoln, and very few of the original Regulators escape, which leads to the sequel of "Young Guns," appropriately called "Young Guns II." The cast of young and upcoming Hollywood stars include Emilio Estevez as Billy, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Lou Diamond Phillips, Casey Siemaszko, and Dermot Mulroney.

One final note: the DVD includes as part of its special features section a Trivia Track, which flashes western facts and information about the stars or the characters being portrayed on screen without detracting from the viewing of the film. This is worth seeing and owning.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Chavez and Steve Samurai_Kenshin
Prostitute for charlie TwiztidRoman
Favorite Quote? scarlettt666
Favorite Regulator Mgcabral16
Historically Accurate? BeanBoii
Anyone else grow up on Young Guns? EmmettsDimples333
Discuss Young Guns (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page