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

Genres:

Action | Western

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

In the film, there are six members in Billy's gang, the "Regulators." In real-life, however, there were eleven, including George Coe who was a good friend of John Tunstall. See more »

Goofs

When Richard is reading "in so much as it pleaseth Almighty God..." at Tunstall's burial he is holding a Bible. The funeral rite and the words he is supposedly reading are not in the Bible, but in the Book of Common Prayer. 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.
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Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
[Sung at New Year's Eve dance]
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Never intended to be a rival to Leone, Young Guns is a fun ride with likable performances.
19 June 2008 | by axlrhodesSee all my reviews

Its easy to pass off Young Guns as an eager to please piece of throwaway rock video style entertainment aimed at the younger demographic but that would be unfair.The thing is,it knows what it wants to be and it does it very well.The young cast all perform with great fun and energy thus enriching the film immeasurably.They are well supported by Jack Palance and Terrence Stamp who bring weight to proceedings, particularly Palance who seems to revel in his hammy role.Emilio Estevez's interpretation of Billy The Kid is a great watch too,his realisation of the character may be a million miles from the reality but when there's this much fun being had on screen,who cares!? The music in the film is a little jarring in places,electric guitars screaming Van Halen style over a western horse chase feel very much out of place but its never distracting enough to take you out of the fun. So in summary Young Guns is a western that wants to entertain you and I say it succeeds well.It was never intended to be a Sergio Leone classic western,just a fun ride with characters you can root for.On that level,it is a triumph.


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