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on June 10, 2012
I must be honest - I hate reading reviews - and hate writing them - but sometimes I just must make a comment. In giving it 4 stars - that is my review. And I certainly understand that everyone may have a different taste in movie watching just as in everything else - and each person is free to make known their opinion of a particular movie. Young Guns is no exception - And we can all see this when the reviews range between 1 and 5. So who do we believe.
What really annoys me is the whining about historical accuracy. I have seen this before in other reviews. This is a MOVIE people. If you are so big on historical accuracy - stop watching movies and tune into the biography channel.
Movies are about entertainment - spending some time with our heads out of the rat race - no matter what genre you happen to be watching. Quite often when I watch a movie with a historical base- it peaks my interest to learn something about what really happened. ( Braveheart and William Wallace being a popular example. Sure it has historical inaccuracies - so what - that is hollywood -- but I was glued to
the screen during the battle scenes - and I did start looking into the real history as did many others.) Anyhow. To you who have never seen YOung Guns -- quit reading reviews and watch it for yourself and just enjoy it for what it is - a good shoot em up western movie with names you know. To you legalistic history majors - lighten up and enjoy The History Channel.
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on May 8, 2004
Brash, loud, and totally rock and roll, "Young Guns" is less a classic western and more a typical late 80s, early 90s action flick. And that's just fine. It's a stupidly fun, turn-off-your-head flick if you're willing to approach it that way. Watch it as a serious western, though, and you're likely to be disappointed. This is an MTV western. No more, no less.
Emilio Estevez puts a lot of energy into Billy the Kid, keeping the movie brisk. The rest of the cast are all solid, playing their clichéd characters as well as can be expected.
Compared to today's rapid-fire action, "Young Guns'" blast em ups might seem lacking and tame, but it all works pretty well (for what it is). The style is all late-80s -- flashy, loud and rude. Big gun shots, rock and roll soundtrack, and car chases on horses. If that's your thing, "Young Guns" fits the bill. It's pure Bs to the wall action.
But take note: If what you want is a strong western that lives beyond the genre as a standout film, western or not, you'd be better off seeking "Once Upon A Time In The West" or "Unforgiven." This ain't it.
The DVD is of fine quality. The picture has never looked better, the audio is very impressive, and the packaging will look nice on your shelf. The extras are pretty good, too. A nice behind the scenes featurette, an excellent documentary on the real Billy The Kid, and a decent commentary make this a great bang-for-your-buck buy. You can't beat the price.
As a DVD set for Young Guns fans, this is a five-star set (*****). As a film, this is a three-star film (***). For Amazon.com, I'm splitting the difference with four stars (****)
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on April 7, 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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on December 26, 2003
So "Young Guns" is not an accurate record of the Billy the Kid legend. It is a pretty good action western, though. Emilio Estevez is the leader of the outlaw pistoliers going for revenge against the men responsable for their father-figure boss's murder. The Billy of this movie is a rash young man with a quick temper and even quicker trigger finger. The other famous man of the legend (Pat Gerrett) shows up here for a second. But it revolves around the other Brat Pack kids of the day. Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, and Lou Dimond Philips round out his first gang. Jack Palence plays the ring leader of the bad guys (well, maybe the wrost guys, Billy was pretty reckless and a little evil hinmself) and he plays it to the hilt. The acting is not great, be warned now. It is still entertaining, if your more interested in the myth of Billy the Kid, rather than the real person.
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on August 6, 2003
Young Guns was a film that wasn't appreciated at its time. Sure it made 45 million dollars in 1988, but sometimes profit is overlooked by the quality of the film. Every time I watch Young Guns it makes me smile. The excellent cast (except Charlie Sheen) was outstanding. But the performance by Emilio Estevez was one step higher. His portrayal as "Billy the Kid" was phenomenal. The scene where Billy taunts the man in the bar, and then shoots him, was hilarious. Even though Young Guns was overlooked, in my eyes it will never be forgotten.
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on March 24, 2003
Young Guns was a film that wasn't appreciated at its time. Sure it made 45 million dollars in 1988, but sometimes profit is overlooked by the quality of the film. Everytime I watch Young Guns it makes me smile. The excellent cast(except Charlie Sheen) was outstanding. But the performance by Emilio Estevez was one step higher. His protrayal as "Billy the Kid" was phenomenal. The scene where Billy taunts the man in the bar, and then shoots him, was hilarious. Even though Young Guns was overlooked, in my eyes it will never be forgotten.
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on October 27, 2003
this movie has great gunplay and a great cast. but Jack Palance as the badguy seems miscast and theres someparts that sorta take it down a notch. but the cast work well. Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Dermot Mulroney , Lou Diamond Phillips, Casey Siemazko and Charlie Sheen. hang on for some good old western gunplay
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on April 3, 2003
This is a great movie i watched it like five hundred times last year. I loved it! It was so funny and i love guns and stuff like that! So i watched it and watched it and watched it...Now i wont watch it because i have watched it so much! But i have to admit it is REALLY GOOD!!!
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on March 20, 2012
I must say that I have enjoyed watching these movies and reliving the first time I saw them in the theater. I received both Young Guns and Young Guns2 in a timely manner and in excellent condition. I would recommend purchasing both or either of these DVD's. Yours truly.
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on August 11, 2001
Somehow, popular critics of this movie seemed to miss the point (as they sometimes do). This movie is meant to be fun, and it is. I don't know a person that doesn't like this movie. I'm 27 years old, and having just watched it again, it hasn't lost a thing.
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