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1990s, WESTERN

Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory (1990)

Duration 1h 44m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story The first movie and real events
Writers/Script John Fusco
Additional Info This film starts by featuring an old man who meets a lawyer in 1950 claiming to be Billy the Kid, and in support of his claim he tells the story. This was a real event. The old man was Brushy Bill Roberts and the film created an interest in his story.
Director Geoff Murphy
Starring Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Alan Ruck, James Coburn, Viggo Mortensen
Elevator Pitch Vigilantes get the gang together, to hang them, and Billy the Kid is tricked into surrendering on being promised a pardon. They all escape and head for Mexico but are chased across the landcape by a group led by their former gang member Pat Garrett. Can the gang outrun the posse and get to safety?
Content A load of gunfights in a variety of situations. The gang and their pursuers ride across the landscape of New Mexico. There is a bit of nudity (the person who wrote the content advisory on IMDb saw more than I did) a bit of implied sex and some drinking.
A View The John Bon Jovi theme song “Blaze of Glory” was nominated for an Oscar and it was great to see James Coburn, not the greatest actor in the world but a phenomenal screen presence. All in all worth watching if you like westerns, and noteworthy for prompting interest in the Brushy Bill Roberts story.

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