Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

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Sam Peckinpah tips his hat in mournful salute to the bygone West in this somber showdown, pitting a James Coburn against Kris Kristofferson in a meditative game of cat and mouse.

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Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn) is ordered by Governor Wallace (Jason Robards) to go after the outlaw Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) because the cattle businessmen want him caught. Although Garrett and Billy are old friends, the lawman must abide by his duty. However, Garrett and his deputies have great difficulty catching Billy, who is very cunning. Along the way, Billy also gains the assistance of Alias (Bob Dylan), a mysterious knife-wielding stranger.

Cast & Crew

James Coburn
Sheriff Patrick J. Garrett
Jason Robards
Gov. Lew Wallace
Richard Jaeckel
Sheriff Kip McKinney
Katy Jurado
Mrs. Baker
Slim Pickens
Sheriff Colin Baker
John Beck
John W. Poe
Rudy Wurlitzer
Screenwriter
Bob Dylan
Original Music
John Coquillon
Cinematographer
David Berlatsky
Film Editor
Garth Craven
Film Editor
Robert L. Wolfe
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Critic Reviews for Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

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  • Oct 28, 2011
    A good film though it has many flaws. When it's good, it's great.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    An absolutely phenomenal western. Blows Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch out of the water. How could you not love a movie whose soundtrack is solely provided by Bob Dylan, who also stars in it? James Coburn is chilling, and Kris Kristofferson excels. The dark, lyrical atmosphere of the film is absolutely absorbing. There have been numerous takes on the Pat Garrett vs. Billy the Kid story, and this is certainly the finest. Deserves to be in the conversation among the top westerns of all time. Note: This applies to the 88' Turner version aka the Director's Cut, which by all accounts is the best version
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2010
    Young Guns was my favorite western about Billy The Kid.Now its my 2nd favorite.Im not an expert on Billy The Kid or Pat Garrett but from what I read this movie was more accurate & closer to the story & is most definitely worth watching once or adding to your collection if your a serious western fan
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2010
    Such a beautiful movie, Sam Peckinpah captured the freedom and youth that Billy the Kid Represents. Nothing before or since has managed to properly tell the story of the two characters. James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson are perfect and give performances that are so unique and powerful, the movie is so effective in many ways due to their chemistry and effectiveness onscreen. The music by Bob Dylan also plays a huge part in the movie, the use of Knockin' On Heaven's Door in the shootout is just utter brilliance.
    Conner R Super Reviewer

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