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The Left Handed Gun (1958)

aka The Left Handed Gun

"I don't run. I don't hide. I go where I want. I do what I want."

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Details: 102 mins · English


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Small Billy The Kid
No_movie_poster Celsa
Small Pat Garrett
Small Moultrie
No_movie_poster Charlie Boudre
Small Tom Folliard
No_movie_poster John Tunstall
No_movie_poster McSween
No_movie_poster Hill (as Bob Anderson)
No_movie_poster Deputy Moon
No_movie_poster Joe Grant
No_movie_poster Saval
Small Ollinger


No_movie_poster Alexander Courage Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Folmar Blangsted Editor
Small Arthur Penn Director
Small Gore Vidal Theatre Play
No_movie_poster Fred Coe Producer
No_movie_poster Leslie Stevens Screenplay
No_movie_poster J. Peverell Marley Director of Photography
Small Gore Vidal Story Contributor


"I don't run. I don't hide. I go where I want. I do what I want."

"All of a sudden, just for the kicks Billy would slip down to Mexico."

"This is William Bonney, a juvenile "tough" from the back-alleys of New York... a teenager wanted dead or alive throughout the West. This is the screen's first real story of the strange teen-age desperado known to legend as "Billy the Kid"..."


Drifter William Bonney (Paul Newman), known as 'Billy the Kid' loses his horse and is befriended by cattle boss Tunstall, known as 'The Englishman', who is soon murdered by corrupt rival cattlemen led by the local sheriff. Bonney's plan for revenge, hunting down and killing all responsible via provoking gunfights endangers not only his surviving friends, but the territorial amnesty proclaimed by New Mexico governor Lew Wallace, causing his former friend Pat Garrett to finally become a sheriff and hunt him down. Meanwhile groupie Moultrie sends material fictionalizing and lionizing him back East, where it is turned into dime novels that make Billy the Kid a legend, causing Billy to confront Moultrie and throw his kit of materials in his face in rejection, ending in Moultrie betraying him to Garrett to eliminate the embarrassing real-life character so that his fictionalized version won't be disturbed. This leads to the finale where Garrett kills the exhausted discouraged Bonney after he faces him with an empty holster in an apparent attempt at "suicide by cop".

Release Dates:

DVD : 2006-11-14