Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

 Bob Dylan

Released by MGM, 1973

Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Jason Robards, Rita Coolidge, katy Jurado, Jack Elam & Rudy Wurlitzer

Screenplay by Rudy Wurlitzer

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

Produced by Gordon Carroll

An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons — his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

"Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid may be the most beautiful and ambitious film that Sam Peckinpah ever made. The time is 1881. Powerful interests want New Mexico tamed for their brand of progress, and Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn) is commissioned to rid the territory of his old gunfighting comrades. He serves fair notice to William Bonney — Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) — and his Fort Sumter cronies, but it's not in their nature, or his, to go quietly. Peckinpah's theme, more than ever, is the closing of the frontier and the nature of the loss that that entails. But this time his vision takes him beyond genre convention, beyond history and legend, to the bleeding heart of myth — and surely of himself. This is one strange and original movie." — Richard T. Jameson

122 min., Color

Turner Preview VHS Version — 1988

VHS Director's Cut, ISBN 0 7928 0804 5 — 1991

DVD Two-Disk Special Edition Edition, ISBN 0 7907 4600 X — 2005

Various translations of "Pat Garrett and/Hunts Billy the Kid" — (West Germany, Sweden, Portugal, Italy, Canada, Poland, Spain, Finland, Denmark)

Director's Cut 1991 Special Edition 2005

Published Screenplay of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Rudolph Wurlitzer

Signet Film Series, 1973, New York, NY


Original trailer from Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)

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