Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid

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Released 1973

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Director:
Sam Peckinpah
Released:
1973
Rating:
R

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is a western film released in 1973 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Sam Peckinpah, written by Rudy Wurlitzer and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, who also composed the film's soundtrack album. In New Mexico in 1880, the newly-appointed Sheriff of Lincoln County Pat Garrett (Coburn) is told by Governor Lew Wallace (Jason Robards) to hunt down his old friend, the legendary outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid (Kristofferson). Garrett and his men trap Billy, killing his accomplice Charlie Bowdre (Charles Martin Smith) in the process, and forcing him to surrender. Billy is sentenced to death, but manages to escape the gallows by killing two of Garrett's deputies. As Billy continues to evade capture and wreak havoc across New Mexico, killing Garrett's fellow Sheriff Colin Baker (Slim Pickens), Garrett must decide where his loyalty lies; with the state, or his friend.

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      • This film was first released in 1973 in a version running 106 minutes. Director Sam Peckinpah let it be known that his preferred version ran at a length of over two hours and that M-G-M had re-cut it against his wishes and in a crude manner. However, in 1989, some five years after Peckinpah's death, a 122-minute version was released, which is now the standard one.

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