Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)


Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Stars: James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel

Language: English | Subtitles: English (embed)

Country: Usa | Imdb Info | Ar: 2.40:1 | Webrip Special Edition

DescriptionPat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.

Preview Special Edition

3.43GB | 115:18mins | 1280×530 | mkv



=====Turner Version=======

Language: English + Commentary (2nd track) | Subtitles: English (embed)

(Commentary by Peckinpah experts Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons, and David Weddle)

Country: Usa | Imdb Info | Ar: 2.45:1 | Dvdrip


Preview Turner Version With Commentary

2.09GB | 121:44mins | 716×346 | mkv | English | Sub: English, Spanish, French


One for the Money Sam’s Song

46MB | 5:36mins | 712×432 | mkv | English | Sub: English


One Foot in the Grave Remembering Sam Peckinpah and Other Things

222MB | 27:52mins | 716×444 | mkv | English | Sub: English


Deconstructing Pat and Billy

150MB | 14:50mins | 712×432 | mkv | English | Sub: English

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16 Responses to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

  1. alf paradise says:

    One of the best films ever made!!! I´ve watched it over 20 times in its different versions (I wrote a thesis on it) and the best version is the one you ended up having in your mind….
    Enjoy rare lusters!!! Thanks a lot for posting this work of art.

    • Lighthouse says:

      Hi Alf, was your thesis published somewhere?

      And you are right, the best version for me is the one which exists only in my mind.

  2. William Thomas says:

    The film stars James Coburn as Pat Garrett and Kris Kristofferson as Billy the Kid. The movie explores the complex relationship between the two men, as they were once friends but now find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
    With stunning cinematography and an iconic soundtrack, “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid” is a cult classic Western film that offers a unique perspective on the story of Billy the Kid and the American West.

  3. Joshua says:

    There is a great book on the film and it’s troubled production both during filming and in post . All edits are examined . The beginning of the special edition is perhaps the greatest stretch of film I’ve ever seen. Thanks rarelust.

  4. Lighthouse says:

    The Turner version is a preview cut, so by no means a DC. It’s an unfinished version which lacks the fine editing, and no one can say for sure how much it would have changed for a release, if completely controlled by Peckinpah. The 115 version is somehow a compromise between the preview and the theatrical version. For me it runs the best, despite not being perfect.

  5. Mr.G. says:

    PS: Slim Pickens greatest moment there, along with Dr. Strangelove bomb drop.

  6. Tony says:

    Nudity seen in the special edition screencaps, but not in the longer Turner edition. Haven’t seen this one, but I am curious as hell because it’s Peckinpah and Coburn. Anyone know the details on the cuts? Guess I can look it up, but figured other Rarelust fans will want to know, too.

    • Adam Tondowsky says:

      I don’t know everything by any means, but I know the studio messed up the original theatrical cut and it initially got bad reviews. The restored director’s cut is quite highly regarded.

      In my opinion anyway, the scene with Dylan’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door playing is the best use of music in any film, though there might be some scenes that tie it.

      • Tony says:

        Cool Adam, thanks. I guess that’s the Turner cut then? Even more confusing that the other is called the special edition. So many the studio cut isn’t either one of these?

        • Adam Tondowsky says:

          It seems the preview Turner version is aka the director’s cut but that Pekinpah kept his director’s cut for himself.

          In regards to the original theatrical release being cut up, it seems the problem was the President of MGM at the time, Jim Aubrey. Aubrey was a successful businessperson as a very capable business turn-around specialist, but many thought he disliked creative artists.

          It’s famously reported and possibly true that when Aubrey cancelled The Jack Benny Show as President of CBS, he phoned Jack Benny and simply said “you’re through.”

      • Mr.G. says:

        It’s a film on betrayal; of friends, lovers, companions, the stuff that happens when things change or “times are a’changing”. Dylan oversees the events as a seer. Highly contemporary in the changing times we live in. Peckinpah in his usual style dressed the story with violence cut by the execs from version to version. It’s of secondary importance, the meaning is all there. Cinema classic (not yet issued on BluRay, far as I know), HD copy courtesy R/L!

      • Smad says:

        Thanks! Will check the Turner version first

        • Mr.G. says:

          It’s the epitome of “editing can make or break a film”. In fear of getting an adult rating for the theatrical release execs heavily cut violence and nudity (signature Peckinpah stuff) (105mins), it was somewhat allowed on the DVD release (115mins) and finally allowed on the special edition (121mins) cutting however Dylan’s signature track that makes the best scene of the film (Pat kills the sheriff (Slim Pickens)). Talk about production mayhem. So depending where you stand it’s either 115mins/121mins or both (for me) until we see Peckinpahs elusive DC out on BluRay (30+ years shelved now).

  7. Mr.G. says:

    And with Bob Dylan. HD too. Thanks RL!

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