In 1878, young William Bonney (Emilio Estevez) joins a group of farmhands protecting a ranch and becomes 'Billy The Kid'. He and his friends set out to avenge the murder of their employer (Terence Stamp), but their vendetta becomes a bloody rampage, and they are soon the objects of a manhunt. The young stars, including Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips and Charlie Sheen, were the 'bratpack' of the mid-80s.
Part of what was touted as a late-1980s revival of Westerns (and you can see how long that lasted), this good-looking, empty-brained film was like a spurs-and-chaps version of a Joel Schumacher movie, filled with pretty faces, prettier imagery, and absolutely no new ideas. Young Guns
sees an idiotically grinning Emilio Estevez cast as Billy the Kid, who slowly accumulates a gang of Brat Pack buddies (Lou Diamond Phillips, Kiefer Sutherland, Dermot Mulroney) and fashions them into a group of male models with six-guns. The action is confused and the script is trite, though Terence Stamp is intriguing as the old reprobate who helps the gang get its act together. This is followed by an even worse sequel. --Marshall Fine
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