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Young Guns (1988)

  Director:
Christopher Cain
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Western
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Young Guns
RUNNING TIME
107 minutes
Producer:
Joe Roth
Christopher Cain
Screenwriter:
John Fusco


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Billy the Kid Emilio Estevez
Doc Scurlock Kiefer Sutherland
Chavez y Chavez Lou Diamond Phillips
Dick Brewer Charlie Sheen
Dirty Steve Dermot Mulroney
Charlie Bowdre Casey Siemaszko
John Henry Tunstall Terence Stamp
Lawrence G. Murphy Jack Palance
Pat Garrett Patrick Wayne

 

Review

Classically told 1980s-adjusted pop-western about the legendary anti-hero Billy the Kid and his notorious posse. The film is full of archetypes and not overly concerned with historical accuracy, but it has enough charisma to capture you with its combination of sentimental moralizing and feel-good scenes. Lead actor Emilio Estevez is so full of his characters boyish mischievousness that he completely smothers the dramatic potential in some scenes. But then again, the drama isn't necessarily what's most important here, as the 'brat-packers' enter the western genre. It's interesting to see how the ostensibly emotional aspects of the story are switched on and off according to need in order to drive the plot forward. As if director Christopher Cain tries to give us half-and-half of sentimentality and coolness without ever considering weaving the two together. Still, Young Guns works shamelessly well on its own self-defined terms, and it lets its abundance of bubbling boyish carelessness overshadow whatever doubt we had that it would not.

Copyright 29.6.2003 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang