Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 23, 1973
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Coburn offers more of his smiles as testimony to the wizardry of Old West dentistry, while Kristofferson ambles through his role with solid charm.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Regardless of length, this is one of Peckinpah's most deeply-felt films, a true meeting of two like souls.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

There is a sombre, mournful quality which places the film very high up in the league of great Westerns.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

A richer, more rewarding experience.

Sean Burns
The ARTery

Peckinpah's final word on a genre he helped define, and the greatest movie you almost never got a chance to see.

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Clint Morris

One of the best westerns of the 70s, if not all time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Disclaimer: I saw the 1988 Turner Preview version of this film, which is 122 minutes long, and, unlike the compromised theatrical version, is supposedly the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A tale of honor, loneliness and betrayed friendship in Peckinpah's fashion. Bob Dylan's masterful and heart felt songs amplify the whole spectrum of… More
Graham Jones
A good film though it has many flaws. When it's good, it's great.
Conner Rainwater
Such a beautiful movie, Sam Peckinpah captured the freedom and youth that Billy the Kid Represents. Nothing before or since has managed to properly tell the… More
Randy Tippy
Patented Peckinpah western with a dream cast that includes James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam,… More
Luke Baldock
A really fascinating portrayal of friendship in the old west. Or should that be new west as it has many contemporary (for the 70's) influences. It takes… More