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The Left Handed Gun

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Arthur Penn

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About the Movie

This unusually gritty Western about gunslinger William Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid," portrays Bonney as he is historically known to have been: illiterate, unintelligent and homicidal. When a rancher treats Bonney with kindness for the first time in his hard life, Bonney becomes devoted to the man. When the rancher is killed, Bonney goes on a murderous rampage to avenge his friend, which leads head-long to a confrontation with Pat Garrett, the man who would finally gun him down. Based on the play by Gore Vidal, this Western classic stars Academy Award-winner Paul Newman ("Message in a Bottle," "The Hudsucker Proxy") as William Bonney, Lita Milan ("I Mobster," "Never Love a Stranger"), and John Dehner("The Right Stuff," "The Boys from Brazil"). This was the first movie directed by Academy Award-nominee Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Big Man").

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 7
  • Fresh: 7
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The picture is a smart and exciting western paced by Paul Newman's intense portrayal. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The character has rarely been portrayed as well as he is by Newman. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Penn's first film, it is in many ways a key stage in the development of the Western. – Tom Milne, Time Out, Jun 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Left Handed Gun

This movie is a total waste of time and money. It's an embarrassing stain on the otherwise outstanding careers of Gore Vidal and Paul Newman.

The Left Handed Gun
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 1958

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