The Outlaw (1943) NR CC

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Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage.

Starring:
Jack Buetel, Jane Russell
Runtime:
1 hour 56 minutes

The Outlaw (1943)

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Genres Drama, Western, Romance, Comedy
Director Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks
Starring Jack Buetel, Jane Russell
Supporting actors Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston, Mimi Aguglia, Joe Sawyer, Gene Rizzi, Bobby Callahan, Martin Garralaga, Ben Johnson, Dickie Jones, Cecil Kellogg, Ethan Laidlaw, Ted Mapes, William Newell, Emory Parnell, Edward Peil Sr., Wallace Reid Jr., Julian Rivero, Lee Shumway
Studio Synergy Ent
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Not colorized and not restored either.
William Dakota
The characters were not interesting and I did not feel I had any connection to keep me interested in this movie.
Glen
Walter Huston does a great job as Doc Holliday and Thomas Mitchell does equally well as the sheriff.
The Curmudgeon

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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2004
Format: DVD
There's no need to recap the plot's synopsis, therefore I'll focus the bulk of my observations on the DVD itself, since this is the information I look for in Amazon reviews of items of this type.
This review covers the edition released by The Roan Group. The disk does fulfill its promise of a 117 minute running time, including credits. A running time of two hours is cited in the trailer, but I don't know that I'd call this an accurate indication of the existence of a more complete version; 117 minutes is awfully close to 120. I don't see any evidence of the extras mentioned in Amazon's editorial, including the letterboxing of credits, although I had no trouble reading them all on my TV set. I suspect the reviewer is referring to a different release, although I can't imagine which one.
Roan mastered this release from what must have been a very high-quality print because it shows very few signs of age. The sound is fine--very clear with no need of volume cranking (often the case on older films, in my experience). The movie is an entertaining male-bonding romp with great performances all around and Miss Russell looks fabulous. Frankly, there wasn't a boring moment in the whole film--no complaints there. Another nice touch is its keep case; I'm really annoyed with the cheesy snap cases in which so many new releases are packaged.
The lack of extras, however, is very disappointing, even for a budget release. One has the option to view the trailer or the film by means of a barely visible prompt, PERIOD. There's no menu, so one can't navigate the specific chapters (although they're numbered on the back cover of the case), and there are no subtitles ("Japanese?"). There's NOTHING but the movie and the trailer.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cassio A Francisco on November 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Among the infinite versions of the legend of Billy the Kid, this one is by far the most extraordinary. And I say it for two reasons. The first one is that the film combines three essential elements always present in a good script: love, friendship and treason. Everything's fine between Doc Holliday and Pat Garrett, until Billy the Kid comes up. He steals Doc's horse and, despite of this, Doc becomes his friend and protector, which makes Pat swear to God we will catch both of them. Between the gunmen is the lovely Rio (Jane Russell, in an unforgettable performance), a character too sexy and too provocative for a mid-forties western. Her presence is a guarantee of a bizarre and unexpected love triangle. The second reason is, since this story is a legend, everything is possible, even changing the obvious ending. Maybe you'll get disappointed with the conclusion but certainly it will make you reflect upon the oldest dilemma of mankind: the good and the evil.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By CodeMaster Talon on January 10, 2003
Format: DVD
What can I say about "The Outlaw"? It's really, really silly and I really, really like it. The acting is bad, the music is worse, and the camera angles are downright hilarious. I'm not sure how much of the dialogue was intended to be funny, but I'm sure a lot of the bigger laughs were unintentional. Nevertheless, it's a goofy, friendly little movie that moves along at a brisk pace and is nothing if not entertaining.
The plot? Well, you see, Pat Garrett and Doc Holliday used to be best friends, that is until Billy the Kid rode into town, and now Doc spends all his time hanging out with Billy which makes Pat pretty darn jealous. There's also Rio (played by the scantily clad Jane Russell) who used to be Doc's girl before Billy stole her, although neither Doc nor Billy care much about that. They do argue a lot about who owns Doc's horse, but otherwise they're pretty tight, riding around together, humilating Pat, and just generally having a good time. All good things must come to an end, however, and after a couple of shootouts and almost shootouts our hero(?) rides off into the sunset, proud possesor of both the horse and the girl.
"The Outlaw" isn't a classic by anybody's standards (unless you count the classically silly "Gun Switching" scene), but it is fun in a weird kind of way. Gazillionare Howard Hughes tried for years to have it released while he battled the censors (unlike some other reviewers, I do think the film is pretty racy for its time) and there's still about five minutes missing. You can sometimes tell where footage was cut, such as a scene where Doc goes to hug Billy (really) and after a jump they're suddenly talking about something else. Uh huh.
Anyway, check this out if you're a fan of Jane Russell or over the top cheese.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a truly strange, hilarious film. Everyone should see it once. I finally got round to watching this very fuzzy, shaky, old dvd. It didn't cost much. What is the story about? Well, the way I see it, Pat Garrett is in love with Doc Holliday, but Doc Holliday is in love with Billy the Kid. Nobody loves Jane Russell, who hates Billy in the beginning, but changes her mind after a tussle in the hay, and later gets a chance to cut Billy's clothes off. Women are just fickle that way. Billy has difficulty walking, since he is made of wood, but he really loves Doc Holliday's horse. Finally Pat shoots Doc, then Billy chains Pat to a pillar and rides off with Jane Russell tight behind him. Billy has the horse, so he's happy. We never get to know what happened to Jane Russell's auntie. The dialogue is weird: it's delivered at one monotonous, unchanging pace throughout --- slow. Nevertheless, I couldn't help laughing out loud several times. The plotting is fantastic: nothing is remotely credible from beginning to end. Jane Russell has two expressions, and I don't mean the right one and the left one. It is extremely enjoyable to witness the film's absolutely total political incorrectness from start to finish. Doc and Billy smoke all the time. The women sure know their place, and as for the Indians --- well, they just get lost. For a real puzzle, try to figure out the submerged psychology which must be down there somewhere. It seems to improve when you watch it twice.
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