Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid (1989)




Director:    William A. Graham.

Starring:    Val Kilmer (William Bonney), Ed Adams (Posse Man), , Andrew Bicknell (Tunstall), Richard Blake (Barman), Bing Blenman (Deputy Sheriff), Wilford Brimley (Gov. Lew Wallace), Julie Carmen (Celsa), Mike Casper (Ollinger), Jack Dunlap (Brady), Nate Esformes (Valdez), Tom Everett, Richard Glover (Beaver Smith), Robert Guajardo (Photographer), Will Hannah (Duli).

 Made for TV movie. 


Instead of the blooming of a homicidal psychopath, this film sees Billy as an innocent youth changed violently by the murder of his friend.  Yeah, yeah, yeah.  It makes for a better Hollywood-type story, but sure misses the trouble in the "troubled" youth that the Kid was.

Gore Vidal's teleplay "The Death of Billy the Kid," which was written for director Arthur Penn for TV in 1955, portrayed the Kid as a rampant homosexual.  For Hollywood, this was toned down.




For Historical Background see the review for "Billy the Kid" (1941).







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