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Young Guns (1988)

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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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Christopher Cain

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... William H. Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland ... Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Chavez y Chavez
Charlie Sheen ... Dick Brewer
Dermot Mulroney ... Dirty Steve Stephens
Casey Siemaszko ... Charley Bowdre
Terence Stamp ... John Tunstall
Jack Palance ... L. G. Murphy
Terry O'Quinn ... Alex McSween
Sharon Thomas Cain Sharon Thomas Cain ... Susan McSween (as Sharon Thomas)
Geoffrey Blake ... J. McCloskey
Alice Carter ... Yen Sun
Brian Keith ... Buckshot Roberts
Thomas Callaway ... Texas Joe Grant (as Tom Callaway)
Patrick Wayne ... Pat Garrett
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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>

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Action | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jovenes Pistoleros See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,393, 14 August 1988

Gross USA:

$45,661,556
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At night, the actors would actually get together to play music and sing. When they were drunk, they'd make Lou Diamond Phillips sing "La Bamba". See more »

Goofs

A character remarks that none of the Regulators are over 21. Even excluding the Regulators omitted from the film, Billy the Kid was the only one under 21. Chavez was 26 during the events of the film, Charlie was 30, Doc was 29, and Richard Brewer was 28. See more »

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Murphy: Get ready for hell
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Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
[Sung at New Year's Eve dance]
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Not as rewatchable as I thought
18 June 2006 | by tastyhotdogsSee all my reviews

Saw this for $6.95 once but didn't buy at the time. Didn't see it back at this price for ages and refused to pay more than that for it. A few weeks ago saw it for $3.95 and snapped it up quick.

There's a few reasons why this DVD is so cheap. (A) The quality for a DVD is pretty poor (B) The movie isn't that rewatchable. I hadn't seen it for maybe 10 years and remembered it being way better than it was this time. The only reason I can see for this is due to the star factor. On the DVD they keep going on about how cool the cast is, and back in 1988 they were, problem is nowadays they aren't really still at that elite level.

Charlie Sheen- Is now a sleazy laughing stock

Emilio Estevez- Never did anything of note really after this, except "Young Guns 2"

Lou Diamond Phillips- Also no longer cool, except when he appeared in "24" last season

Kiefer Sutherland- Still cool, but he was wussy in this movie and shattered my Jack Bauer image that he's worked so hard on

If you don't know, the movie is the story of "Billy The Kid", a renegade who went on a killing spree in the old west to avenge the death of a man who took him in and looked after him. The movie has it's moments, and Estevez as "Billy" and Sutherland as "Doc are solid, but there's not much else on offer. Has aged badly, for memory though I think the sequel was much better, so I'll have to go back and see that.


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