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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.

Director:

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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Six reasons why the west was wild. See more »

Genres:

Action | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Guns 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,661,556
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene Murphy (Jack Palance) and his gang sing the sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". This film takes place in 1878, however that song wasn't written until 1912. See more »

Goofs

Chavez calls Billy a "chivato" which he does repeatedly for the rest of the movie. According to Google, "Chivato" means rat or traitor. With that in mind, most of the times Chavez says this word, it makes zero sense in the context of them being "Pals." See more »

Quotes

Murphy: Get ready for hell
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Burns
[Sung at New Year's Eve dance]
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One of the Most Underrated Westerns Ever
14 June 2015 | by Challenger2013See all my reviews

Here is one of the most underrated Western films of all time. What we have here is the untold story of "The Regulators," led by the infamous Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez). The film follows the group of six young men (none of them over 21 years old, but they all look like they're 25 or 30.) The story is quite simple; their guardian is murdered, and they are deputized to find the suspects and bring them in. When Billy goes on a killing spree of the murderers, the boys are on the run from the law themselves.

The great effect of this film is how it mixes exciting Western action with comedy and boyish charm. Each actor plays their part as it is meant to be played, nothing special but still exceptional. Each character also has their defining traits that make them individually likable. One of the most lovable is Doc (Kiefer Sutherland) who is great with the steel, but also claims to be a poet, even though all of his poems are slightly tweaked versions of classic poems by acclaimed authors. Lastly, we are given a wonderful, almost-evil villain played wonderfully by the Western legend, Jack Palance.

This film, being made just before the 1990s, contains new comedic elements for the genre, but is also quite relatable to the classic, beloved Westerns of earlier decades. It doesn't look like other 1980s films aesthetically; it looks more like a technicolor 1950s Western, and it is very refreshing. The film is not necessarily under-watched by Western fans, but does not receive the acclaim it deserves. It's easily one of the most fun Westerns of the last three or four decades.


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