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The Outlaw [DVD]

3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell, Walter Huston, Mimi Aguglia
  • Directors: Howard Hawks, Howard Hughes
  • Writers: Howard Hawks, Ben Hecht, Jules Furthman
  • Producers: Howard Hughes
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Magnum
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2003
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KFZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,753 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Uncut version of the story of Billy the Kid, notorious in its day for being the film in which Jane Russell's ample cleavage made its debut. Russell stars as the half-breed girl who comes between Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday and Pat Garrett when the trio meet up at a way station. Millionaire producer Howard Hughes took over the direction himself when Howard Hawks walked off the picture.

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Howard Hughes, with the assistance of Howard Hawks, directed this version of the Billy the Kid vs. Pat Garrett story. The film scandalized the film censors at the time because of the sexual content and it took six years of wrangling before it was finally released. One reason for the scandal came in the shape of Jane Russell who, as the half-breed Rio, becomes the companion and girlfriend of Billy the Kid (Jack Beutel), who is fleeing the law with Doc Holiday (Walter Huston). Together they are being tracked relentlessly by an old friend of Billy, Sheriff Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell), leading to a tense game of cat and mouse, between the pursuer and the pursued. The excitement stirs many feelings though, and Billy just can’t resist the attentions of the beautiful Rio who finds that resistance is not just futile but impossible.

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I bought this HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS edition of the outlaw (black and white cover) after seeing the quality on some of the others and was pleasantly suprised. Being in the public domain this film is released by a number of companies and most prints are grainy and very poor. I got a copy of this for a couple of pounds and chose Hollywood Classics because I have a couple of other titles by them which are decent and I was very happy to see a superb print was used and that the erotic scenes CUT in the 1940s are included in this dvd (not erotic by todays standards really! more suggestive then anything. Anyway, thought Id let you folks know, bet Im not the only one who wants to know if any of the OUTLAW dvds are decent quality, unlike most this one IS and though their may be one or 2 dearer ones that could be better (may not be) such as the ROAN group one (thats probably good) when it comes to price this is superb value!
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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2009
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"The Outlaw is probably one of the most(in)famous westerns of all time. Produced and part directed by the legendary multi millionaire tycoon Howard Hughes, it unashamedly exploited the natural assets of its leading lady, the 22 year old former dentist's receptionist Jane Russell. It was originally made in 1940 but ran into trouble with the Hay's code, and subsequent censorship. It was finally released to great box office success in 1946, following cuts. The furore it had caused had already gained it notoriety and free publicity, which no doubt contributed to this success. The film was openly sold as a sex western with provocative movie poster artwork celebrating the very female form of Miss Russell in varying states of undress. "What are the two reasons for Jane Russell's success", ran one provocative ad campaign. Crude but effective! Hughes famously designed a special brassiere to enhance Miss Russell's two prize assets. Miss Russell subsequently said that she never wore the bra in question. On the films showing, it would appear that little enhancement was required for what nature had provided in abundance. The film was certainly pretty risqué for its time, even including a bondage scene, but is rather tame by today's standards. Sadly the film is more interesting for the sensation it caused than the quality of the film itself.

The film is a highly fictionalized account of a relationship between those three frontier legends Doc Holliday, played by Walter Huston, Billy the Kid, played by Jack Buetel, and Pat Garrett played by Thomas Mitchell. Doc and the kid become buddies, in between feuding over a horse and a girl. Interestingly the horse is clearly the most valuable object to the men. An idea that would certainly not be acceptable today!
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A light and frothy western that, in a genre marked by classics still stands up as good entertainment.
The plot, as with most of its type, plays fast and loose with history, pitting Billy the Kid against Doc Holliday. The love triangle that forms between them and the lovely Jane Russell brings a sense of menace to the piece as one knows the two gunslingers will surely face one another off.
The contrast between impetuous but bonny Billy and the wizened Doc offers a pleasing, if predictable, platform for the film. As the two form the bonds of friendship, a tenderness for the characters and growing tension at the underlying love trysts keeps one glued to the screen. The brooding machismo is well countered by Russell's sultry mexican who sets the screen alight with sexual charisma.
Events are speeded by the town sheriff who, unusually for the time, provides the antagonist. His repeated and unreasonable attempts to apprehend Billy lead to the inevitable showdown where the Kid demonstrates his wits are as quick as his shooting irons.
The overall confection is too frothy and light to have a true impact beyond the diversional. For those who like a Western without the emotional/philosophical weights so often attached, you couldn't do better.
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
Having recently seen the 2004 film THE AVIATOR about millionaire aircraft designer Howard Hughes, I was compelled to see THE OUTLAW, a major motion picture directed by Hughes in 1941. My interest was purely intellectual, mind you. It had nothing to do with the director's fixation on the cleavage and opulent ... well, you know ... of its 19-year old starlet, Jane Russell, which sparked a spirited battle between Hughes and the censors of the Production Code Administration, delayed the film's release until 1943 (and almost immediate withdrawal), and resulted in subsequent edits and re-releases in 1946 and 1950.
Hughes should have stuck with building airplanes.
THE OUTLAW may be a classic, but that doesn't prevent it from also being patently ridiculous. It brings together the outlaw/bad boy Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel), lawman Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell), and dentist/gambler/gunfighter Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) in New Mexico in the summer of 1881. Here, the Kid and Holliday get chummy despite quarreling over a horse and Doc's petulant girlfriend, Rio (Russell). In the meantime, Sheriff Pat becomes jealous that his heretofore good friend Holliday is spending so much time with the notorious outlaw Billy, whom Garrett would just as soon arrest or shoot dead for fame's sake. After being chased by the de rigueur band of hostile Native Americans, the four principals - six, if you count Jane's ... well, you know - gather round for a final confrontation. Here, Garrett's attempt to disarm Billy is so dopey and so awkwardly choreographed with unbelievably bad dialogue that it virtually reduces this sagebrush drama to farce. It doesn't help that Buetel's the Kid occasionally comes across as a young and sweet tempered Jimmy Stewart - someone you'd be thrilled to have your teenage daughter marry.
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