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Nobody does 'em like Peckinpah!,
This review is from: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is the Director's Cut, which they tell me is far better than the movie which was released. I don't know, because I never saw the version that was released theatrically. But, this one is very good!
They say that 16 minutes of the Director's Cut was taken out of the released version. I'll take their word for it..
Kris Kristofferson plays Billy, James Coburn plays sheriff Pat Garrett, and, in the best role I've ever seen him in (in fact, I've never seen him in anything else, come to think of it), Bob Dylan plays a character who recurs throughout the movie, called 'Alias,' who is very handy with a knife.
The theme is that the West is changing, and there is no room anymore for the wild, carefree violence and the gunslinging cattle wars. Law and order have taken over at last. Garrett sees the trend of the future, and changes, becoming the sheriff. Billy refuses, maintaining his old ways, with the predictable result.
History aside (any resemblance to actual historical events is purely coincidental) this is a great movie.
I particularly liked the scene in which Jack Elam, who had crossed the Kid, meets his doom. They are on neutral ground, eating dinner in a mutual friend's ranchhouse, and it is obvious that they will have to shoot it out after dinner. Jack Elam, with a doleful expression, asks for "another piece of that fried pie." In the face-off which follows dinnner, knowing that the Kid is faster, instead of waiting for the count of ten to turn and fire, Elam turns early, only to be shot by the Kid...who had anticipated the move, and turned earlier still.
This is a good one. I loved it. Probably you will, too.
Author of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS: Our Journey Through Eternity