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Billy the Kid (1989)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 10 May 1989
Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.

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William A. Graham

Writer:

Gore Vidal
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Cast

Credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... William Bonney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Posse Man
Rene Auberjonois
Andrew Bicknell ... Tunstall
Richard Blake Richard Blake ... Barman
Bing Blenman Bing Blenman ... Deputy Sheriff
Wilford Brimley ... Gov. Lew Wallace
Julie Carmen ... Celsa
Mike Casper Mike Casper ... Ollinger
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Brady
Nate Esformes ... Valdez
Tom Everett
Richard Glover Richard Glover ... Beaver Smith
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Photographer (as Roberto Guajardo)
Will Hannah Will Hannah ... Duli
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Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.

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Taglines:

He Was a Cold-Blooded Killer and the All-American BOy

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Accurate but not compelling
12 February 2014 | by supercygnusSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Val Kikmer but ....this was a little underwhelming. I had been very excited to see this cable production when it was advertised (I think for TNT, but I would have to look it up to be sure) years ago and watched it when it first aired. It is historically accurate (as much as something like this can be, and from what I am familiar regarding the real events) but it is also very dry and not artistically ambitious in any way. Kilmer creates a character completely different than anything else he has played, but unfortunately he comes off somewhat brain damaged. Educated from his childhood in New York until his mother's death in his early teens after moving out West, it is doubtful Billy Thr Kid was as seemingly slow witted as portrayed here. The Kid had charmed his way into a variety of circumstances to escape a sure death, survived the Lincoln County War and even had correspondence with the Governor negotiating his testimony against corrupt businessmen on the opposite side of the Licoln County War in exchange for a clean slate. Kilmer's interpretation suggests more of a functioning mentally handicapped desperado with a simple charm. Still, it is a well intentioned piece of t.v. filmmaking that those interested in the time frame and Billy might find some redeeming value. Be prepared for a fairly slow production though.


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