Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Bob Dylan Soundtrack

3 Versions / 3 Title Pages

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Preview Trailers

Original Trailer 1973

Clip: Slim Pickens Knocks on Heaven’s Door


Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Then there were three:
The butchering and saving of a masterpiece …

There are several accounts of the vicious infighting between Pekinpah and the studio over the movie.
Wikipedia has an excellent report:

Three different versions of the movie now exist:
The Original Film release (1973); The Director’s Cut (1988); and a Warner Brothers Special Edition (2005).
Below is review of all three:

Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid: Three Films, One Man’s Opinion…

Comparing The Three Different Cuts
 Written by grandpa_chum on Mon, 03/20/2006 – 11:17

Kris Kristofferson: “One of the best descriptions I ever read of Sam, some guy said that ‘he looked like a man that was stalking an amimal much larger than himself’.
That’s the way Sam appeared to me. And I think that animal was violence.”

Internet Movie Firearms Database:

“The end of a picture is always an end of a life.” – Sam Pekinpah

“Audios …”



Questions & Inconsistencies Regarding the Killing of Billy the Kid

Billy The Kid: Behind the Alias
Part 1 … Who Was He Really?
Created Jan 15, 2000 | Updated Jan 28, 2002

Billy the Kid
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6 thoughts on “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”

  1. I saw this on the big screen when it first came out. Being a lifelong Westerns fan and a big music fan, the combination of Bob Dylan (who also scored the movie) and Kristofferson, Plus the all-star Western character actor cast, this was a must-see for me. I wanted to like it so much because there were so many good things about it. In spite of some really good scenes, the movie was hard to follow and understand what was going on most of the time. I later heard about how Peckinpah and the studio fought, and that the movie was taken from him and re-edited into the nearly incomprehensible version I saw at the theatre.

    I still had a soft spot for this movie, even with the flaws. When the directors cut came out I was finally able to see Peckinpah’s original vision. That was when I realized this was another of Sam’s masterpieces, a modern classic.

    I agree with you that the director’s cut is the best version. If anyone out there has not seen this yet, don’t bother with the original release, go for the director’s cut.

    1. Coincidentally this was on TV yesterday. The uncut version – definitely an adult movie/Western. Definitely a Western Classic. Thanks again.

    1. My goodness ! Thank you. I really wish that were true. There surely are people out here who are experts on the ‘Kid’- even though there is much controvery surrounding this mysterious individual – many theories, rumors, conflicting evidence, myths and legends. I am a mere fan of the movie by Sam Pekinpah – which was also surrounded by controvery – and now exists in 3 separate versions. The 2nd one – the attempt to restore the butchered first version to what Pekinpah really intended is the best (in my opinion). Avoid the original 1973 theatrical release which was edited (it is said) by as many as 6 different people. The 3rd version probably has the best film quality, but has also endured some questionable editing.

      Forgive my long-winded response. Enjoy !

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