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Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.

  • Apr 8, 2003
YOUNG GUNS isn't a typical "classical" Western that were massed produced in the 1950s and 1960s. Nor is it like the darkly tragic Westerns of the 1970s. In fact, about the only thing that YOUNG GUNS shares with Westerns of the past is that just about all of them like to mess around with and screw up historical accuracy. The movie also has a terrible soundtrack (usual for movies in the 80s) which distracts from one's interest in the film.

However, despite it's flaws, YOUNG GUNS remains one of the best Westerns from the "modern" era (after Star Wars) and is still entertaining to this day. The movie does portray events in Billy the Kid's life that have been overlooked in many movies about his life, e.g. the murder of Tunstall and the Linoln County Wars. It also stars a cast of actors that at the time of filming were considered by many women to be "hotties". Despite their sex appeal, these actors were able to bring to life some difficult characters in a totally believable and memorable fashion.

The film moves at a believable pace and is full of action and gunfights. Athough the film is full of cheesy dialogue, the movie does have some great one-liners and memorable scenes (e.g. killing the man in the outhouse and the draw with the man in the bar). I hadn't seen the film in over ten years and after watching it recently, I was impressed by how entertaining and interesting the movie is. Of course, it may also remind mothers of all the reasons why they shouldn't let their babies to grow up to be cowboys.

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review by . October 23, 2009
Young Guns is a brat pack revisionist western starring Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, LDP, Kiefer Sutherland, Casey Siemaszko and Dermont Mulroney as the Young Guns. A bunch of young ranch hands who work for John Tunstall (Terrance Stamp) a local English rancher.  A creepy local baron named Lawrence G. Murphy (Jack Palance) doesn't care for Tunstall and the rest of the bunch. Soon, the two men butt heads creating a war in rural Lincoln County that will put many lives in danger  Will William …
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Part of what was touted as a late-1980s revival of Westerns (and you can see how long that lasted), this good-looking, empty-brained film was like a spurs-and-chaps version of a Joel Schumacher movie, filled with pretty faces, prettier imagery, and absolutely no new ideas. The idiotically grinning Emilio Estevez is cast as Billy the Kid, who slowly accumulates a gang of Brat Pack buddies (Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Dermot Mulroney) and fashions them into a group of male models with six-guns. The action is confused and the script is trite, though Terence Stamp is intriguing as the old reprobate who helps the gang get its act together. Followed by an even worse sequel.--Marshall Fine
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Director: Christopher Cain
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Screen Writer: John Fusco
Runtime: 107 minutes
Studio: Vestron Video
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