“Y” is for Young Guns II (1990)
oohoo, I’ll make you famous.” This is one of the lines from another of my favourite Westerns, Young Guns II. Featuring pretty much all of the “Brat Pack” this 1990 film was a huge hit and featured a memorable them song from poodle haired rock star Jon Bon Jovi.
The movie is a fanciful tale about an old man who makes the claim to a reporter (Bradley Whitford) that he is in fact Billy The Kid and can prove it with the stories he tells. No-one is really sure whether this old guy is just spinning a line or whether he is mad, or whether he could in fact be William H Bonney and he did actually escape death.
There is plenty of action and the cast is magnificent. The usual Brat Pack are there, but with some additions like Christian Slater, William Peterson and even Viggo Mortensen makes an appearance. As you would expect, there are many exciting scenes involving this band of merry outlaws and they invariably manage to get out of the problem by the skin of their teeth.
Directed by Geoff Murphy who never really made these heights again, the movie was a surprise hit at the box office the theme song “Blaze Of Glory” was even nominated for an Oscar (which it didn’t win). I preferred this film to it prequel for the story more than anything else really, I just think it was pretty enjoyable how the writers did it, and of course I love Bradley Whitford, he is an outstanding actor and I think this was the first thing I saw him in. He went on of course to star in The West Wing (my favourite TV show of all time – did I mention that before?) 😉
Fun Fact: During his escape from jail, Billy shouts out “Hello, Bob” before shooting Bob Ollinger, and “Goodbye, Bob” after killing him – the exact same dialogue that the real Billy the Kid used during the incident.