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The Left Handed Gun: William Bonney - Billy the Kid - gets a job with a cattleman known as 'The Englishman,' and is befriended by the peaceful, religious man. But when a crooked sheriff and his men murder the Englishman because he plans to supply the local Army fort with his beef, Billy decides to avenge the death by killing the four men responsible, throwing the lives of everyone around him - Tom and Charlie, two hands he worked with; Pat Garrett, who is about to be married; and the kindly Mexican couple who take him in when he's in trouble - into turmoil, and endangering the General Amnesty set up by Governor Wallace to bring peace to the New Mexico Territory.

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Released: May 07, 1958
Runtime: 102 mins
Genres: Biography Western
Countries: USA
Director: Arthur Penn
Actors: Ainslie Pryor Anne Barton Boyd 'Red' Morgan Colin Keith-Johnston Dan Sheridan Denver Pyle Eve McVeagh Fred Sherman George Bell George Berkeley Glen Turnbull Henry Rowland Hurd Hatfield James Best James Congdon John Dehner John Dierkes Jorge Treviño Joseph V Perry Lane Chandler Lita Milan Martin Garralaga Morgan Shaan Nestor Paiva Norman Leavitt Orlando Beltran Paul Newman Paul Smith Robert Anderson Robert Foulk Robert Griffin Stephen Coit Terry Frost Tina Menard Wally Brown

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Posted by cinder01 1 year, 4 months ago
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One really big problem with the name of the movie and the history of Billy the Kid: he wasn't left handed!!! The famous picture of him with his Winchester was printed backwards, there is a second picture that was printed correctly and history has proven that Billy was right handed.

Posted by osullivan467 2 years, 6 months ago
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Awesome movie!!

Posted by dogb8t 2 years, 6 months ago
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Probably the truest movie version of Billy the Kid, and a Newman classic 4/5

Posted by deadsunaspillow 2 years, 6 months ago
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Penn & Newman at their best...deep,touching & that naive touch of the beginning.Magic.

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Posted by dailyllama 3 years, 3 months ago
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Terrific, moody telling of the William Bonney story out in Lincoln County New Mexico during the range wars. Paul Newman plays Bonney with a naive gusto that evokes the truer picture of the illiterate but loyal killer, Billy the Kid. There have been many versions of the story but this one comes closest to the truth about the unlucky and murderous Billy. Nice symbolism of gypsy life when it was said that he was born into the lowest rung of society to a single, short-lived mother. This is Arthur Penn trying to "get it right" in a milieu where bullshit reigned supreme... 4/5 for honesty and the grand attempt at frontier loyalty and significance...

Posted by Jetc0 2 years, 9 months ago
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This movie is pure fiction. No more a bio of Billy than my name is Napoleon.

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