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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

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Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Director:

Sam Peckinpah

Writer:

Rudy Wurlitzer
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Pat Garrett
Kris Kristofferson ... Billy The Kid
Richard Jaeckel ... Sheriff Kip McKinney
Katy Jurado ... Mrs. Baker
Chill Wills ... Lemuel
Barry Sullivan ... Chisum
Jason Robards ... Governor Wallace
Bob Dylan ... Alias
R.G. Armstrong ... Ollinger
Luke Askew ... Eno
John Beck ... Poe
Richard Bright ... Holly
Matt Clark ... J.W. Bell
Rita Coolidge ... Maria
Jack Dodson ... Howland
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Storyline

It's 1881 in New Mexico, and the times they are a'changing. Pat Garrett, erstwhile travelling companion of the outlaw Billy the Kid has become a sheriff, tasked by cattle interests with ridding the territory of Billy. After Billy escapes, Pat assembles a posse and chases him through the territory, culminating in a final confrontation at Fort Sumner, but is unaware of the full scope of the cattle interests' plans for the New West. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Best of enemies. Deadliest of friends.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the original script, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid never met on-screen until the film's conclusion. See more »

Goofs

Pat Garrett says he wants to grow gray. However his hair is already gray. See more »

Quotes

Will: When are you going to learn that you can't trust anybody, not even yourself?
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Alternate Versions

There have been three different cuts of this film: (1) the 106-minute theatrical release; (2) in 1988, a 122-minute restored version, known as the Turner Preview Version; (3) in 2005, a 115-minute restored version, known as the Special Edition. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
Soundtrack CD track 7, by Bob Dylan
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The death of the Old West
20 February 2000 | by contronaturaSee all my reviews

On the surface, a film about the doomed friendship between the two title characters, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is really a film about the death of a way of American life. Death is omni-present in this film, and the compelling aspect of it is that so many of the characters are completely prepared to accept it and deal it out. The best and saddest moments in the film involve characters who know they are going to die and accept it. And the performances are all remarkable. Kristofferson's easygoing and charismatic portrayal of Billy is the best work of his career, as is Coburn's sad-eyed interpretation of Pat Garrett. A wonderful film, almost as good as Peckinpah's masterpiece The Wild Bunch.


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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,638,783 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,717
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1988 restored) | (2005 DVD Special Edition) | (Cut theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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