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BILLY THE KID MOVIE FESTIVAL
April 30, 2015  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Six movies about or featuring the infamous Western outlaw Billy the Kid are presented in tonight’s all-night cinematic shoot-out. With half a dozen movies, you might even call it a six-shooter. The action begins with 1970’s Chisum, a fact-based Western in which John Wayne stars in the title role as John Chisum, and Geoffrey Deuel appears as Billy “The Kid” Bonney. That’s followed, at 10 p.m. ET, by the must-see Western of this wild bunch: 1973’s Sam Peckinpah-directed Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, starring Kris Kristofferson as Billy, James Coburn as lawman Garrett, and Bob Dylan (pictured) as the mysterious character called Alias. (Dylan also provided this movie’s haunting musical hit, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”) Other films in this mini-festival include 1958’s The Left-Handed Gun, starring Paul Newman as Billy, at 12:15 a.m. ET; 1950’s I Shot Billy the Kid, at 2:15 a.m. ET, starring Don Barry as Billy; 1930’s Billy the Kid (3:30 a.m. ET), an early Western, directed by King Vidor, starring John Mack Brown as Billy and Wallace Beery as Garrett; and, finally, 1958’s Badman’s Country at, starring George Montgomery as Pat Garrett, and emphasis on other big Western names other than Billy.

 
 
 
 
 
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