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Billy The Kid


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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Ian Hunter
  • Directors: David Miller
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: August 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LH42GI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Billy The Kid" on IMDb

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A misunderstood youngster turns into one of the West's most notorious outlaws. Billy the Kid. Say that name in the 1880s New Mexico Territory and some folks whoop for joy. Other folks reach for their guns.

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Robert Taylor gives an outstanding performance along with other cast member's.
Daniel W. Block
The general details of his background is correct but the names have all been changed, perhaps to head off the complaints of purists.
Judith E. Hanhisalo
Right-handed Robert Taylor does a formidible job drawing a gun with his left hand.
Dr. James Gardner

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Cathey on June 7, 2012
Format: DVD
Admittedly, this beautifully shot film has little to do with the historical character of Billy the Kid, and I recall when I first viewed it, it came as a shock to me that except for the title, well, it could have been most any other competent Western produced by Hollywood. However, like most films---and certainly most Westerns---you just must remove yourself from strict historical considerations. This has been particularly true of such historical events as the famous "gunfight at the OK Corral" or portrayals of the James brothers, the Youngers, Kit Carson, Davy Crockett, the Alamo, and so much else. How many of the entertaining films made based supposedly on these subjects purport to be "true to history"? Some, it is true, make the claim; but haven't most of us learned years ago not to take such claims as gospel?

Indeed, that's not really the point when considering such modes of entertainment, and it certainly should not affect our enjoyment of this fine and very colorful film, starring Robert Taylor. When it was produced, Technicolor was still a rare application; black and white was still the norm. Yet this film gets its right---glorious color, great scenic vistas that would have enchanted our fathers and grandfathers on the big screen. And the acting? Well, Taylor was a versatile actor who did extremely well on a horse. Some of his later films, especially AMBUSH and DEVIL'S DOORWAY are classics in the Western genre, and SADDLE THE WIND and THE LAW AND JAKE WADE are near (and very entertaining) misses. He was good at what he did, and the star of KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE and other swashbucklers was a convincing, if mature, Westerner.

The other major character, Brian Donlevy, has always been a bit underrated as an actor. And, again, he makes a fine Westerner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stickinsect on October 17, 2012
Format: DVD
Entertaining though fictionalised account of events in the life of "Billy The Kid" William Bonney, played here by Robert Taylor. Taylor joins Gene Lockhart's cattle rustling gang but when the gang murders landowner Ian Hunter, who is also the father of potential love interest Mary Howard, Taylor takes revenge and kills those responsible. Throughout the movie Taylor does not appear entirely at ease in the role and plays a rather stern and taciturn Billy. Marshal Brian Donlevy is excellent as Taylor's long time friend. The tragic loss of that friendship at the end of the film is very well effected. The Monument Valley scenery provides a stunning visual backdrop to the story, in brilliant Technicolor hues.

Warner Archive's DVD-R presentation of Billy The Kid is not without its problems. Color is vivid but the picture is frequently marred by persistent shimmer and film damage. This is one film deserving of some restoration work. Sound is clear but very low, requiring the raising of the TV volume control to almost its full level. There is a theatrical trailer for the movie but no subtitles, alternative languages or scene selections are provided. Entertainment value 6/10, Picture quality 5/10, Sound quality 4/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 26, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Robert Taylor was only 30 years old when he played the title role in the 1941 film "Billy the Kid," but he still seems too old for the role. However, this actually works in favor of the story being told in this film, not that it has much to do with the historical facts regarding Billy the Kid, even though the script is based on Walter Noble Burns's book "The Saga of Billy the Kid" (although Taylor gets props for learning how to shoot with his left hand for the film).
The story is set in 1880 when the Kid breaks his friend Pedro (Frank Puglia) out of jail and gets involved in some outlaw activity. But then the embittered outlaw ends up working for a pacifist farmer, Eric Keating (Ian Hunter), who tries to reform Jesse and insists that if you do not wear a gun the code of the West will stop anyone from shooting an unarmed man and keeps proclaiming that law and order is coming to the wild West. Billy also takes a shine to Keating's sister Edith (Mary Howard), who presents another reason for going straight. Meanwhile it turns out that Billy's old friend Jim "Holy" Sherwood (Brian Donlevy in the Pat Garrett role), is now the foreman for Keating's ranch. When Keating becomes a marshal he makes Jim a deputy and give Billy his parole, Billy gives Edith a colt, and it looks like Billy might be able to live happily ever after. But then Keating gets shot in the back and all bets are off.
At that point this 1941 film basically combines your standard western revenge story with the established legend of Billy the Kid's death. Since the law, represented at this point by Sherwood, is unable to bring Keating's killer to justice, it is left to Billy to go kill the killer before being gunned down himself.
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I enjoyed the movie with Robert Taylor. The color was indeed beautiful...but...there were spots where the film went silvery. I had read the reviews before, that is why I did not want to pay full price. I am a true fan of Western Classics!
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By Michael on March 28, 2014
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A different look at the Kid. No matter how Hollywood may portay him, William Bonney was just a bad man in a bad situation. This movie puts a bit of a different spin on the story.
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