I am just starting a re-watch of “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (2005 version). I must confess a love/hate relationship with this film and try to remember that this is not a history or a documentary, but it’s hard sometimes.
With all the fascinating real historical figures available why the fictional goofy Dylan character?
The soundtrack should have been based on the Spanish guitar. These people were not 1960s hippies.
The starting date should be 1880, not 1881, based on events depicted. Garrett did not go to Fort Sumner to warn Billy. He got there first with a posse and set up an ambush, killing Tom O’Folliard. On December 23rd Billy was captured (along with a few others, including infamous outlaw Dave Rudabaugh, not alone) at Stinking Spring(s) when Garrett followed their tracks in the snow. See, I get cranky about this stuff.
Beautiful to look at, though, and I understand what Peckinpah was doing with the basic material and his theme.
I just saw this:
“I’ll throw in another $1.60 if you’ll dig it out of Old Bob there.” Haha! Witnesses at the scene mentioned that line.
L. Q. Jones played a real named outlaw who was hanged around the turn of the century, not shot by Garrett. And no, Garrett was a fairly recent arrival in New Mexico Territory, not there for “15 years.” And what’s with the “old man”/“getting old” stuff? Garrett was 30 when this movie began. Ok, I’ll shut up now.