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They are fast friends and worse foes. One is Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson), a law unto himself. The other is the law: Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn), who once rode with Billy.
Set to a bristling score by Bob Dylan (who also plays Billy’s sidekick Alias) and with a Who’s Who of iconic Western players, Sam Peckinpah’s saga of one of the West’s great legends is now restored to its intended glory. For the first time since it left the cutting room, the film has the balance of action and character development Peckinpah wanted, a mix of fury and elegy based on the director’s notes and the insights of colleagues. The difference is profound, as different as an untouched target and a bull’s-eye.