Running Time: 115 minutes
Directed By: Sam Peckinpah
Written By: Rudy Wurlitzer
Main Cast: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills
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GOING OUT WEST ONE MORE TIME
There's chicken cooking in the oven and Ruth tells me I have about forty five minutes or so before the dinner bell rings. Enough time to knock out one more review for the movie that I was able to take in early this afternoon - Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. For the curious, I watched the restored version of the film, which runs 115 minutes, compared to the original 103 minute version.
It's another western kiddies, so it's horses, saddlebags, spurs, cowboy hats, boots, saloons, quarter shaves, outlaws, sheriffs and the norm. James Coburn is Pat Garrett, a former outlaw turned newly appointed sheriff of Lincoln. Kris Kristofferson is Billy the Kid, the resident outlaw of Lincoln and before the paint dries on the opening credits, he's in cuffs and captured via Pat Garrett. It doesn't last though, as he manages to escape the law, sneaking a gun during a visit to the outhouse and blowing away Garrett's deputies. And, it goes without saying, that this turns into a fugitive/captor situation and dammit, I'll be damned if there's much else to tell you...
I mean, yeah, it's a fugitive story, but it's a very unconventional one - something born out of wedlock when the Old West and the Hippie era bedded down one evening. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid doesn't even seem like your run of the mill western. In fact, it feels more like Peckinpah & crew smoked a lot of pot, dropped a little acid and said "Hey, let's make a western!". It's a western where assembling a posse is just as common as having an orgy and self reflection seems to be a thing here, even though I'm pretty sure John Wayne never self reflected.
RATING: 4/10 I'll give it some marks for originality, but it really did nothing for me and I'm glad it's behind me.
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MOVIES LEFT TO WATCH: 6
October 27, 2015 5:37pm