Young Guns
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In this Western based loosely on actual events and people, Emilio Estevez stars as William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Sought for a petty crime in Lincoln County, Billy is taken in by John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a British ranch owner seeking to make it in the cattle business. Tunstall employs a group of "regulators," comprised of wayward youths he's gathered over the years, to watch over his ranch; in turn, he teaches them how to read and reforms them into better men. Tunstall's business interests come into conflict with those of corrupt and murderous businessman… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"Christopher Cain directed this western from a script by John Fusco, and on the whole seems much more comfortable with the scroungy and scatological dialogue than he does with the action sequences."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"They behave as if our adoration were their birthright."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Young Guns is simply not a very good movie--western or otherwise. Fusco's script provides little character development and muddies the narrative with some unlikely supporting characters."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film doesn't go far in reviving the Western film genre."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Stupid but star-studded western"
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Little more than a flawed romp, but energetic and enjoyable, with sterling performances from Sutherland and Estevez."
‑ , Time Out
"OK rehash of Old West villains, this time teaming them up in their early days."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A cool Western for Gen X."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There are side pleasures to be found in going back and reliving the bad parts of the '80s. A rental of Young Guns lets us know that at least we're out of Reaganomics and the movies it spawned."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"One of the best westerns ever made"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Young Guns is best watched in the playful, none-too-serious spirit in which it was made."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Good idea to cast the brat pack in a Western but this was badly realised and altogether a bit flat."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Far better western than the brat pack deserved"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Fails to either humanize Billy the Kid or justify his lore."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"This is a very brown movie: leather, planks of wood, dirt, dust, horses, and the tenor of the performances."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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