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Young Guns - Film Review

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published March 13th 2013
A classic western movie that everyone enjoys
A newly emigrated Londoner, John Tunstall (Stamp) runs cattle ranches and takes in stray waifs on the side attempting to give them an education and get them off the streets. He regularly butts heads with evil rancher Lawrence Murphy (Palance) and when things get out of hand the 'Regulators' mount up and seek vengeance. Leading the gang is the soon to be notorious William H. Bonney aka Billy the Kid.

This movie brings back vivid memories of my youth. 1988 was a simpler time, a time when I would go to a friends house and we'd visit the local video library with their grandad and rent the latest action flicks on offer. Along with Die Hard, it was Young Guns that helped show me what an action movie can really do. This is The Brat Pack in full flow. Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland are ably abetted by Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney and Casey Siemaszko. Oh yeah, Terrance Stamp and Jack Palance add the gravitas and acting chops to the party.

This movie is non-stop and manages to cram in a bus load of character development alongside an involving plot and sharp dialogue. All the performances are spot on but it is Estevez as the eponymous Kid who steals the show and chews up the screen. He's all feisty anger and dead eye pistoleering mixed with showmanship and humour. At times you hate him, at others you root for him however William H. Bonney is not a god.

As far as westerns go this is right up there with Unforgiven. The standard slow pondering scenes of a lone man riding into the sunset are replaced with fast burning shoot-outs, snappy one-liners and a cool 80's charm. Splendid.
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