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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid back to product details

Bob Dylan's a weasel!
written by toddandsteph October 26, 2006 - 9:34 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1988 Turner Preview version): Speaking of rad movies, this one is red and rad! And holy supporting cast: Slim freakin Pickens almost steals the show from a cast that includes not only Harry Dean Stanton but James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and John Beck! Oh, and to chime in on the ongoing debate about Bob Dylan in this flick. His musical contributions to this flick seem out-of-place and forced, depleting the sharp atmosphere that Peckinpah has in his best flicks. His acting isn't bad, and the character as a whole was an okay idea, but there was no way in hell I'd ever take his character in a dangerous way, and whoever wrote lines like "What's your name?" "That's a good question" deserves to get twenty dimes-by-shotgun through the back. The plot follows familar Peckinpah themes, but the climax is far more poignant than anything I've seen in a Peckinpah movie yet. It's really a crime that Coburn isn't more acknowledged for his part in this film. He just radiates conflict and determination without having to chew scenery or spew out exposition. You can just see it in his weary face, and you almost don't feel bad at the end when he does what he has to do. Kristofferson isn't bad either. I had no idea that he'd been in that many Westerns (are there any beside this and Heaven's Gate?). All in all, an absolutely awesome Peckinpah contribution to cinema. I still don't prefer it over Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia or The Wild Bunch, but it does have the 20 dimes scene, and that's reason enough to see it. **** out've ****

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