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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
A former friend betrays a legendary outlaw in Sam Peckinpah's final Western. Holed up in Fort Sumner with his gang between cattle rustlings, Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) ignores the advice of comrade-turned-lawman Pat Garrett (James Coburn) to escape to Mexico, and he winds up in jail in Lincoln, New Mexico. After Billy theatrically escapes, inspiring enigmatic Lincoln resident Alias (Bob Dylan) to join him, the governor (Jason Robards Jr.) and cattle baron Chisum (Barry Sullivan) requisition Garrett to form a posse and hunt him down. Rather than flee to Mexico when he can, Billy… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A richer, more rewarding experience."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"Regardless of length, this is one of Peckinpah's most deeply-felt films, a true meeting of two like souls."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Bitter take take on the mythical Old West."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film is visually stunning, and Peckinpah makes great use of his Durango, Mexico, locations."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The mushy pretensions of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid suggest either that [Peckinpah] has begun to take talk about his genius too seriously (it can happen to the best) or that he has fallen in with bad company."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"It's one of the great tragic true stories of the old wild West, the story of two outlaw friends ending up enemies as one turns over and becomes a lawman - expressly for the purpose of hunting down his friend."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"One of the most bittersweet films of Peckinpah's career."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Some Peckinpah devotees consider the film among his finest work, others regard it as, well, troubled. Fascinating, nonetheless."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It's a movie that exists almost entirely on one note -- a low, melancholy one -- and achieves what I thought would have been impossible for him Peckinpah: he's boring."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the best westerns of the 70s, if not all time."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
" could've %u2014 should've %u2014 been [Peckinpah's] third or fourth masterpiece (that depends on who's doing the counting), and the movie he'd been building towards his entire career."
‑ Tom Block,
"Sam Peckinpah's virtually unseen Western turns out to be unseen for a reason."
‑ Christopher Null,
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