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>
In the scene where Billy is having Doc write a letter to the Governor, Emilio Estevez wanted to make it look like he was making the speech off the top of his head, so the crew made a cue card for him to read. If you look closely, you can actually see his eyes moving while he is reciting the speech. See more »
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 »
Hey, you ain't no regulator, boy. You just stay here with the pork. They're smarter than you anyway; you might learn something.
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Well, I've had you pegged as the type that likes... educatin' young men.
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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