The Man Who Killed Billy the Kid / El hombre que mat贸 a Billy el Ni帽o (Julio Buchs, 1967)

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The forgettable SW contribution to the cinematical treatment of the Billy ze Kick mythology.

The film doesn鈥檛 care too much about the real story, but cooks his own soup about poor Billy becoming innocently an outlaw while protecting his mother, then later on is forced to kill the attempted raper and his brothers, then (surprisingly at this moment) becomes really fascinated by the gun and loses his innocence by becoming a trigger happy shooter, then becomes innocent again and falls in love, but is forced to lose his temper again cause of his (long dead) mum, and finally is shot, but not by Pat Garrett, who has to live further on with the stigma not to be what he isn鈥檛.

Peter Lee Lawrence looks young enough to be Billy, but fails to show us any of his inner conflicts. All he does is acting on the surface.

My only interest in this film was the fact that it was shot by the Bullet for Sandoval director Julio Buchs. But both films have nothing in common.


Sounds like a movie to add to my list. I guess no DVD exists of this movie right?

Well there was an official release which is quite decent quality but it was Spanish audio only and is probably OOP now. Something Weird also did an english language version which is pretty crappy quality, and there鈥檚 another English version around that鈥檚 a bit better. I have all three鈥 you can always pm me if you鈥檙e interested :slight_smile:

I have a 2.35 version with no subs鈥 not sure of source.

Just rewatched this one. I rate it slightly higher but I agree that it plays more like a title from the 1965 transitional period than a fully fledged SW.

Peter Lee Lawrence is possibly too callow here, even to play a minor like Billy the Kid, but then the script is schematic and largely romanticises his story. (Just a few years later, with more roles under his belt, he was more compelling in a similar part in Garringo.) Fausto Tozzi, by contrast, oozes gravitas in the few major scenes he has but, of course, he was a more experienced performer. The film needed more of an even split between Billy and Pat Garrett - yes, just the way Sam Peckinpah later realised it.

Difficult to judge the photography as I have the Something Weird release mentioned above. I鈥檒l repeat the refrain: 鈥淚f only somebody would release this on DVD鈥濃

The story is interesting at first, didn鈥檛 really enjoy where it ended up, halfway through to the end. I really liked the opening and the transition into the opening credits though.

Not an historically accurate telling of the Billy and Pat story by a long shot of course but I was actually surprised by how many real elements and factual characters were included considering the usual eurowestern tradition in such things.

I have come to like PLL more and more over the years and I can鈥檛 think of a spaghetti actor better suited to the role. Buchs鈥 direction is fine if uninspired but the film as a whole suffers from Billy鈥檚 character really not being allowed enough depth and his relationship with Garrett not developed enough. Entertaining enough though.

Back to back Julio Buchs movies for me this weekend. After Mestizo it was this one last night.

I鈥檇 like to quote Thomas Weisser 'cause he鈥檚 not too wrong again:

"The tired story of Pat Garret (Fausto Tozzi) and Billy the Kid (Peter Lee Lawrence) is told yet again, but with many altered historical facts including Pat Garret鈥檚 inability to shoot his friend in the showdown. Instead, in this Spaghetti-Western version, William Bonney (alias Billy the Kid) is gunned down by his arch enemy (and former friend) Mark Liston (Luis Prendes).
Billy the Kid is flaunted as a golden haired martyr who only kills people in self defense, when no other solution is possible. However, in an unusual glimpse of truth, the film does touch on Billy鈥檚 rumored unhealthy 鈥渓ove鈥 for his mother (an Oedipal complex usually deleted from most 鈥淏illy the Kid鈥 movies). Other than this rather tawdry segment, the action is humdrum and grossly inaccurate.
After the film met initial box office resistance, Anglo distributors tried to spruce it up with the impish title For a Few Bullets More . "

I鈥檇 say the movie is, as Mestizo, worth a look. I even liked it better than Mestizo 'cause it does have SW trademarks. I also like Karl Otto Hirenbach a lot, even though here he鈥檚 not as good as in most of his later movies.

The SWV version has a nice Grindhouse-feel to it :wink: !

That鈥檚 again wrong, At least in the middle parts he enjoys it killing people, and he starts the shootings.

I actually like this film.
It isn鈥檛 spectacular, but it is overall nicely done. I also love the musical score!
I鈥檇 give this one a 3 star rating, easily.

That鈥檚 why I wrote 鈥渉e鈥檚 not too wrong鈥 :wink:

I`v got a 97 min version of this film in Spanish (my English version is 85 min) is the Spanish version the longest
there is???

This seems to be the uncut version which runs theatrically 101 min.

Cultcine have a 101min version with english audio:


Didn鈥檛 Jerksi release a remastered version 2 years ago?

Yes he did, do not know the running time though.

The Runningtime is nearly 82 minutes (Jerksi Version)

As I mentioned before, I like this movie (mostly for the score).
But, every time I watch it I have to laugh at the name they have on the sign as Garrett rides into town at the beginning of the film.
In reality, the name of the town where Garrett reportedly shot Billy the Kid is Fort Sumner. In this film, the sign reads Fort Summer!
I guess the Spanish or Italian folks doing the 鈥渉istorical鈥 research thought Sumner must have been a misprint and decided they would fix that error for their film! :smiley:

Ha ha, SW at their best :wink:

Watched this one today.

I had avoided it so far because I didn鈥檛 expect much of it (and people here weren鈥檛 very enthousiastic), but then a few people on facebook told me i should watch and review it. They were right. Of course this is not a classic, and it takes quite a few liberties with history (but most movies about The Kid do), but overall it鈥檚 well-done and PLL is at least an actor who looks (and was) young enough to play Billy (he was 23 while Billy most probably was 21 when he was killed)