Directed by Arthur Penn. USA. 1958.
Billy the Kid grew up
among settlers of the new towns in the American Southwest made up of cattle
thieves, gamblers, and murderers. He was an illiterate drifter until John
Tunstall (Keith Johnston), a friendly English rancher, took him under his
wing and became a father figure. In the film, Billy becomes devoted to
Tunstall (in reality Tunstall was only 24) and when the rancher is killed
by a deputy and three others sent to take Tunstall's cattle and property
because of his partnership with McSween in the mercantile business in Lincoln,
Billy vows revenge. Together with his buddies, Tom Folliard (James Best)
and Charlie Boudre (James Congdon), they track down the killers one by
one until Billy is arrested and jailed by lawman Pat Garrett (John Dehner)
after the last of the foursome is murdered on Garrett's wedding night.
When Billy escapes from jail, killing his guards in the process, Garrett
tracks him to the Chihuahuan Desert where the story of Billy the Kid's
life ends and the myth begins.
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