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Young Guns

  R Closed Captioning

Christopher Cain

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Plot Summary

In this Western based loosely on actual events and people, Emilio Estevez stars as William H. Bonney (aka Billy the Kid). Sought for a petty crime in Lincoln County, Billy is taken in by John Tunstall (Terence Stamp), a British ranch owner seeking to make it in the cattle business. Tunstall employs a group of "regulators," comprised of wayward youths he's gathered over the years, to watch over his ranch; in turn, he teaches them how to read and reforms them into better men. Tunstall's business interests come into conflict with those of corrupt and murderous businessman Lawrence Murphy (Jack Palance), whose widespread connections make him a power to be reckoned with. When Tunstall won't budge from his right to pursue a living, Murphy's henchmen stage an ambush and kill him. This triggers a vow of vengeance from the quick-tempered Billy and his five fellow regulators, who are deputized to serve arrest warrants in the murder. However, when Billy decides to gun down the suspects instead of detaining them, his loyal pals become accessories in a vigilante spree to wipe the territory clean of Murphy and his web of conspirators. Soon, the supposed lawmen are on the run from bounty hunters, henchmen, and government soldiers, from all directions of the compass. This box-office hit also stars Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Young Guns is best watched in the playful, none-too-serious spirit in which it was made. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: They behave as if our adoration were their birthright. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Feb 4, 2008

Rotten: Christopher Cain directed this western from a script by John Fusco, and on the whole seems much more comfortable with the scroungy and scatological dialogue than he does with the action sequences. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Good idea to cast the brat pack in a Western but this was badly realised and altogether a bit flat. – Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Underrated western

When I was younger Me and My bestfriend Jeff used to watch this every weekend after school then go outside and pretty much re-enact the movie. Those were good times, RIP brother. So I've probably watched this 200+ times and it never gets old for me. Brings back great memories.


This is probably one of my ultimate favorites!! I am ashamed to say that I do not have this movie in my library but, I do watch it every time it is on TV(I do the same with Young Guns II) I love all of these guys together and it is fun to hear Emilio Estevez laugh. You have to see this movie! It is funny, adventurous, dramatic, and just plain historic. (Not that I know that everything they wrote into this script is all true about Billy "The Kid".) But still a BIG MUST SEE!!!

Awesome, Great Movie!

The movie was great! I loved it! I recommend it to anyone! You should buy it if you like westerns. There is a Young Guns 2 and I wish they had it on iTunes. Great movie!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 2001

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