The Left Handed Gun
The Left Handed Gun (1958)

Arthur Penn directed this quirky look at the legend of Billy the Kid (Paul Newman), which follows the outlaw from his days in the Lincoln County cattle wars through to his murder.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 7, 1958
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Penn's training in theater and live-TV drama (e.g. Playhouse 90) shows; the central performance is rehearsed into an anxious stir, every line matched to an actorly decision, a blocking cue.

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Emanuel Levy

Boasting a strong turn by Paul Newman as Billy the Kid, this disturbingly psychological, technically innovative deconstructive Western marks the impressive debut of Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), signaling the beginning of the New American Cinema.

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The character has rarely been portrayed as well as he is by Newman.

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Variety Staff

The picture is a smart and exciting western paced by Paul Newman's intense portrayal.

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Fernando F. Croce

A close, inspired study of Ford and Nicholas Ray, and a decisive source of inspiration to Peckinpah, Malick, and Penn himself, who looked at it again and saw Bonnie and Clyde.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Penn's first film, it is in many ways a key stage in the development of the Western.

TV Guide

A good but disturbing psychological western, well directed by Penn and acted in a strangely fascinating style by Newman.

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Jim Hunter
Billy the Kid seeks revenge for the killing of a cattle rancher who showed him kindness. I've never found the Western genre that compelling. Sure, there… More
Conner Rainwater
While this is one of the many inferior Billy the Kid stories, it still has Paul Newman as a bizarre and crazy version of the character. The movie mainly fails… More
Sean Gillespie
Any fan of the Young Guns movies that our generation grew up with should check this out. Obviously the production value was not as good and Hollywood license… More