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Billy the Kid (1989)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 10 May 1989
Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.

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William A. Graham

Writer:

Gore Vidal
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Cast

Credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... William Bonney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Posse Man
Rene Auberjonois
Andrew Bicknell ... Tunstall
Richard Blake Richard Blake ... Barman
Bing Blenman Bing Blenman ... Deputy Sheriff
Wilford Brimley ... Gov. Lew Wallace
Julie Carmen ... Celsa
Mike Casper Mike Casper ... Ollinger
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Brady
Nate Esformes ... Valdez
Tom Everett
Richard Glover Richard Glover ... Beaver Smith
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Photographer (as Roberto Guajardo)
Will Hannah Will Hannah ... Duli
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Gore Vidal's historical novel is brought to life in this television production of Turner Network Television's Billy the Kid.

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Taglines:

He Was a Cold-Blooded Killer and the All-American BOy

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Must-see for Kilmer fans, very different character for Val!
14 June 2004 | by thericaSee all my reviews

The movie has the feel of a sort of made-for-TV B-movie. It's more drama than action, focusing primarily on the interpersonal interactions. But it gives an interesting perspective on Billy the Kid. I have no idea how historically accurate it might be, however.

Val Kilmer portrays Billy the Kid as a rather backwoods, laid-back country bumpkin. Unlike a lot of Val's characters which are portrayed intensely and over-the-edge, he shows a totally different side of his acting abilities.

Overall, I was rather positively surprised with the movie, expecting it to be intense, moody and aggressive. But it's not, at all. It's simply an enjoyably different portrayal of Billy the Kid, not an outstanding movie but enjoyable just the same. I'm giving it a 6 on the ratings, about low-average for my rating, but I'm glad I watched it. If you're a Kilmer fan, it'll give you a whole different view of Val's multi-talented acting.


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