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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... William H. Bonney
... Doc Scurlock
... Chavez y Chavez
... Dick Brewer
... Dirty Steve Stephens
... Charley Bowdre
... John Tunstall
... L. G. Murphy
... Alex McSween
Sharon Thomas Cain ... Susan McSween (as Sharon Thomas)
... J. McCloskey
... Yen Sun
... Buckshot Roberts
... Texas Joe Grant (as Tom Callaway)
... Pat Garrett
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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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12 August 1988 (USA)  »

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Jovenes Pistoleros  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,011,393, 14 August 1988

Gross USA:

$45,661,556
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A few members of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club were used as extras in the bar scene when the group goes to arrest Henry Hill. The members were also used as extra security during the shooting of the final battle due to the fact that crowds of onlookers were getting too big during filming. See more »

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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 »

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Yen Sun: You look like trouble.
Doc: Trouble? I'm a poet, with flowers of all things.
Yen Sun: And a gun... it's a big gun.
Doc: It's a big town. Come on Yin, all I want is a chance.
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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 See 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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