Young Guns

1988

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller / Western

134
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 76%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 48255

Synopsis


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Cast

Charlie Sheen as Richard 'Dick' Brewer
Dermot Mulroney as Dirty Steve Stephens
Emilio Estevez as William H. 'Billy the Kid' Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland as Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock
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812.96 MB
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English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 47 min
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English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 47 min
P/S 4 / 26

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Tony 8 / 10

A very good Western

Really liked this film today as much as the first time it was released. Give this sort of cast the story it tells it's hard to fail. The start is very true to the events that happened, and shines a light on who is good or bad in a lawless society. The modern day heroes of the West usually played as law-men one day and outlaws the next.. The Earp brothers and Doc were a legal mob running Tombstone, the OK corral was a massacre of their rivals under protection of the law. It's a strange thing about society that we look back on some outlaws as heroic, where as, if it was happening today we'd want them hunted down and removed.

Reviewed by eric262003 8 / 10

Western Film With a Brat Pack Theme

It could be something worthy to laugh about knowing that the young pedigreed performers from the Hollywood industry would be seen wearing Western gear and sporting cowboy duds. However, the idea by director Christopher Cain and script writer John Fusco tied in with a more authentic feeling of the frontier characters that were portrayed in 'Young Guns" from 1988. This serves as an indication of what young outlaws and enforcers had to go up against during a time where they only key thing to do is survive.

As a trivial fact, Billy The Kid was only 22 when he died. Like these pedigreed upstarts, the many gunslingers in the Old West were trained to fight from childhood. Therefore, it was spot on that the principal cast were hungry youthful individuals making names for themselves.

"Young Guns" strives to set its sight on delivering an accurate portrayal of the old frontier, however, the main premise is to focus on the life of William Bonney who would later mark his name as Billy the Kid. We see the evolution of Billy the Kid (an energetic Emilio Estevez) back when he was an apprentice to philanthropist John Turnstall (Terence Stamp) who was raising an elite of young fighters in adapting to the dangers the living conditions of the old west. When Turnstall is killed, the gang turn to the trustworthy Billy the Kid for leadership, thus the bloody hunger for revenge comes into fruition.

The rest of the gunners include Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland), Jose Chavez (Lou Diamond Philips), Dirty Steve Stephens (Dermot Mulroney), Charlie Bowre (Casey Siemaszko) and Dick Brewer (Charlie Sheen). During the bloody trail, they go trough some familiar conflicts in their personal lives that will likely roll your eyes, but that burden is upstaged by really memorable scenes.

While there's a lack of creating an original characterization of Billy the Kid as an energetic psychopath, Estevez does give his character a more natural modern-day approach. Billy is not that far from Estevez's previous character from the film "Repo Man". The scenes that were downers comes from Sutherland's scenes where Doc falls in love with an Oriental lady and wants to abandon the group.

Cain does successfully capture the moments which the battles and shooting action takes place that's filled with graphic violence and fever-pitch energy. The memorable scene where Billy the Kid goes on a rampage and kills a few captured antagonists showcases just how messed up and dangerous this character truly is. Another memorable scene is where he brings down a potential bounty hunter that goes down with a tad of black humour.

Director Cain must got the knack of getting a feeling for the Western genre. From the accents, to the clothing, to the settings and to the lingo that the characters have utilized along the way through each scene.

In addition to that he has hired many familiar faces who have been in Westerns over the years including Jack Palance as the evil despicable Murphy (who could play evil better?), In addition to that, Patrick Wayne (son of Western icon John Wayne) has a cameo as Pat Garrett, the lawman who killed Billy the Kid. Sure it has a reminiscent of the old Westerns he father starred in back in the 1950's, but John Wayne would've easily killed these pampered heroes blindfolded.

It's pretty weird for me to say this, but when the sequel came out, "Young Guns II", I thought that film was more improved due to the energetic direction from New Zealand born director Geoff Murphy. But if you like Westerns with a Billy the Kid character upgraded to fit the style of the 1980's then this movie is something or you to enjoy.

Reviewed by higginslkill 7 / 10

Just a plain awesome film!

I'm not going to say the film is good or even one of the best westerns out there but what I will say is that it's pretty darn entertaining. The plot of the film is Billy the kid and his band of regulators off on a revenge path on the gang that killed Tunstall. It's probably the type of movie people can eat popcorn to and have a good time but also has a lot of heart. I would recommend Young Guns to pretty much anybody, even those who aren't western fans. It's entertaining and that's all a film ever needs to be, right? I think so.

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