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MPAA Rating - NR

Length:
    384 Minutes

Genre:
    ???

Original Release Date:
    Nov 30, 2004

Director
    Howard R. Hughes

Cast
    Jack Buetel, Jane Russell, Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston, Mimi Aguglia

 
Movie Summary
Perhaps Hollywoods greatest success du scandal of the 1940s, this odd psychological Western became a box office hit largely thanks to the costuming of leading lady Jane Russell (or, more accurately, its relative absence). Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel) and Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) are close friends until lawman Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) attempts to ambush Billy and put him behind bars. Doc brings Billy to his ranch to hide out, but when Billy meets Docs mistress Rio (Russell), hes instantly attracted to the buxom beauty. An intense chemistry quickly grows between them, despite the fact that Billy murdered Rios brother. Billy and Rio secretly marry, but their love runs hot and cold, and soon Billy, Doc, and Rio are fighting among themselves as theyre chased through the desert by Garrett and his posse. Director Howard Hawks and screenwriter Ben Hecht both worked on The Outlaw, but they went uncredited after disputes with the legendarily difficult financier (and sometimes producer/director) Howard Hughes, whose battles with the censors resulted in the film spending three years on the shelf before finally gaining wide release in a cut version in 1946. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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