Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
is a 1973 Western
film directed by Sam Peckinpah
and starring James Coburn
and Kris Kristofferson
. Co-star Bob Dylan
composed multiple songs for the movie's score and the album Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
was released the same year.
The film was noted for behind-the-scenes battles between Peckinpah and production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
. Soon after completion, the film was taken away from the director and substantially re-edited, resulting in a truncated version released to the theaters and largely disowned by cast and crew members. Peckinpah's director's cut was released on video in 1988, leading to a reevaluation, with many critics hailing it as a mistreated classic and one of the era's best films.
In late 1880, Pat Garrett
becomes sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico
, where Governor Lew Wallace expects him to go after an old friend, the wanted-dead-or-alive outlaw William Bonney, a.k.a. Billy the Kid.
Garrett and a pack of deputies trap Billy in a hideout, killing young Charlie Bodrie and forcing Billy to surrender. A brutal and self-righteous deputy, Bob Ollinger, taunts and beats Billy as the hangman's gallows are built in town, but a second deputy standing guard, J.W. Bell considers himself to be, like Garrett, one of Billy's friends. With a gun hidden for him in an outhouse, Billy gets the drop on Bell and shoots him in the back. He uses Ollinger's shotgun, loaded with dimes, to dispose of him, saying: "Keep the change,... Read More