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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 August 2011
Young Guns II is directed by Geoff Murphy and written by John Fusco. It stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christian Slater, William Petersen, Alan Ruck and Balthazar Getty. Music is scored by Alan Silvestri, with contributions from Jon Bon Jovi, and cinematography is by Dean Semler

Brushy Bill Roberts, old and crusty, claims to be Billy The Kid. Which is quite a claim considering the Kid was long thought to have been killed by Patrick Floyd Garrett in 1881. Roberts tells a listening historian that after the break up of the Tunstall Regulators, the remaining members hooked up with Garrett and Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh and still lived the outlaw life.....

Young Guns was released in 1988 and became a big enough hit to warrant this sequel two years later. Reuniting gunslingers Billy the Kid (Estevez), Doc Scurlock (Sutherland) and Chavez (Phillips) from the first film, Young Guns II follows the same formula that worked two years previously. Billy is still a borderline nut case and his gang, for better or worse, follow him into a number of escapades. This time around, though, we have some added interest in the form of Christian Slater's cocky Rudabaugh, who, as an egotist, wants to run the gang himself. Things are further given a lift when Garrett (a darn fine William Petersen resplendent with major face fuzz) leaves the gang and is persuaded to become a law man. His first job being of course to catch Billy!

Both Young Guns movies are frowned upon by many old school Western purists, which to a degree I understand. They lack any sort of psychological aspects outside of a brat packer like cast shooting and quipping with care free abandon. Character depth is lacking so there is nothing on which to hang your hat on. Here, much like the first film, creative license is used with historical facts but the core basis of story is solid, with many of the events leading up to the documented death of Billy the Kid holding true. Major problem here, though, is that the makers are spinning off from the iffy claim of Brushy Bill Roberts that he was Billy the Kid and did not die at the hands of Pat Garrett. Knowing Billy survives the pursuit and show-down with Garrett at the start of the film kind of dilutes the wonder and impending drama! Film also at times feels like a composite of Little Big Man, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and of course Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.

However, both films, and more so with this sequel, have such a sense of fun like homage to them it's not hard to forgive the obvious flaws. Action is plentiful, with much blood shed during the course of the story, while the story always remains intriguing by way of the character dynamics. Semler's photography is more in tune with the Wild West this time around, as is Silvestri's score, the latter of which lifts parts of his Predator arrangement to blend with more traditional cowboy harmonies. Great song from Bon Jovi to close the film down as well. There's also a nice link to Peckinpah's movie with an important cameo for James Coburn as John Chisum (Coburn played Pat Garrett). But most of all it's just great fun to be in the company of Estevez's Billy, true enough to say it comes at the expense of the other characters around him, it's a film owning show, which also dubiously swerves us into cheering for the baby faced "outlaw hero", but it plays out as a rollicking good ride in spite of grey area thematics and roll call of cliches. And boys, oh boys, Jenny Wright pops in to raise the temperatures considerably with a Lady Godiva moment.

If for nothing else, the Young Guns movies got people talking about the Western in the MTV age, that has to be a bonus to the discerning Western fan. Acknowledge the faults by all means, but viewing them as gunslinging fun wrapped around real Western folklore might just help you enjoy the experience. 7/10
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on 7 July 2003
Great film, great soundtrack. It asks the question did Pat Garret really kill Billy the Kid? which I like. The song blood money by Jon Bon Jovi really sums up the emotion of Pat and Billy's relationship. As with the first film its funny in parts, serious in others and always has plenty of action. I can't get bored watching these films. When Billy makes a fake lynch mob to get Chavez and Doc out of prison is truely funny especially when the real lynch mob turn up. When the "Cincinati Kid" dies, Emilio does some great acting saying to Pat " you killed the boy Pat". The addition of Christian Slater to the cast was masterful, his rivalry with Chavez and their fight really adds to an already good film. Doc as usual is torn about what to do and really doesn't want to follow Billy. Billy's speech about finishing the game is my favourite part in the film especially when Doc says "lets finish the game Billy".
If you haven't seen it you won't be disappointed and if you have seen it you don't need to read reviews to know you need to buy it.
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on 20 November 2015
Great western with many great shoot out scenes. The story of billy the kid is easily the best one I've seen to date. It's an amazing cast of actors who play off so well together and the story and plot of the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through great watch .
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on 23 July 2013
after reading both books "the authentic life of billy the kid, and billy beyond the grave,I just had to buy young guns 2,and I throughly enjoyed the film and beyond the grave" buy both and you will find the the real answers.. ENJOY
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on 14 June 2014
This movie is set some time after Young Guns (However like all great sequels you don't have to watch the 1st movie to enjoy this one). The movie is about Billy The Kid (Played again to perfection by Emilio Estevez in one of his greatest screen performances) and his 'pals' 'Doc' and 'Chavez' roles expertly played out by Keifer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips. However this movie also explores the relationship between Billy and Pat Garrett (the great William Peterson) and shows how their relationship deteriorates from friends to foes.

One very interesting aspect of Young Guns 2 is that it switches styles from the first movie Young Guns, which had washed out classic western look similar to say 'The High Plains Drifter' with fast violent action and some glorious slow motion - Young Guns 2 has a different style to to it's predecessor, that of a Spaghetti Western style seen in movies such as 'The Good The Bad and The Ugly'. Young Guns 2 has beautifully shot Mexican locations and has some very stylized speeded up action scenes reminiscent of the Sergio Leone classics.

Not only does Young Guns 2 have some explosive action scenes, it has some great drama, you will really feel for Billy and his pals as they meet their maker one by one. Christian Slater provides some brilliant humor in the role of 'Arkansas' Dave Rudabaugh - His comic foreplay with Emilio Estevez provides the film with some of it's most memorable scenes.

At the time of it's release, the movie was so popular that there were rumors of a third movie in production but that never came to be unfortunately.

The whole movie is brilliantly filmed and edited and the soundtrack by Alan Sylvestri and Jon Bon Jovi is superb.

This is a must buy for fans of westerns, historical epics and great action movies.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 April 2014
So sings Jon Bon Jovi who was hired to sing the sound track to the original 1988 ‘Young Guns’ film. Perhaps ‘Blaze of Glory’ shouldn’t really have been mentioned in the title, as it does give more than a clue as to the cast’s fate.

Blaze of Glory is set a few years after the ‘young guns’’ first outing. Since we last saw them, Billy the Kid has killed yet more people (but they probably deserve d it, so we still like him anyway) and stolen yet more cattle (I guess we have to assume that they deserved in, too). So, naturally, he’s even more wanted by the law than the last time we saw him. But it’s not all bad news for him – he’s got a new posse and, in the first third of the film, he’s got his two former pals, Doc Hollywood and Chavez back in tow.

However, just when our little Billy’s happily getting reacquainted with his mates, his former friend Pat Garrett only decides to accept a massive pay-off to bring in the band of outlaws. So Billy finds himself on the run again (to the grinding guitar sound of Jon Bon Jovi – some might say that makes his situation even worse).

Basically, Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory, is more of the same. Now, that could have been a bad thing if the first film had been pretty dull, yet, actually it’s no bad thing – assuming you liked the first instalment. There’s nothing particularly new here. The plot is almost identical, just with a few new baddies and a few new members of Billy’s gang. There is a kind of sub-plot involving the (almost) modern day where a man claims he actually was Billy the Kid and a journalist is trying to deduce whether or not he’s telling the truth, but that probably could have been left on the cutting room floor if the producers had been pushed for time.

If you liked the original, you’ll probably like this, too. It’s definitely more of the same and is a fun *modern* cowboy romp. If you don’t like cowboy films in general, this one probably won’t win you over.
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on 29 June 2003
Young Guns 2 is the sequel to Young Guns it stars Emilo Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland. It starts as Billy the Kid going over his life story about what really happened with him and Pat Garret. The music in the film is really movin and you also get to see Emilio Esevezes bum in a bath scene. I would rate this film as being the best out of the 2 Young Guns, as it stars Kiefer Sutherland and he is my favourite actor. Lou Diamond Phillips is also good in the film as well as Christian Slater.
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on 10 September 2011
I am 100% satisfied with this product. In Belgium I could'nt find this movie anymore, so I bought it on Amazon, WITH dutch subtitels!!!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 April 2014
So sings Jon Bon Jovi who was hired to sing the sound track to the original 1988 ‘Young Guns’ film. Perhaps ‘Blaze of Glory’ shouldn’t really have been mentioned in the title, as it does give more than a clue as to the cast’s fate.

Blaze of Glory is set a few years after the ‘young guns’’ first outing. Since we last saw them, Billy the Kid has killed yet more people (but they probably deserve d it, so we still like him anyway) and stolen yet more cattle (I guess we have to assume that they deserved in, too). So, naturally, he’s even more wanted by the law than the last time we saw him. But it’s not all bad news for him – he’s got a new posse and, in the first third of the film, he’s got his two former pals, Doc Hollywood and Chavez back in tow.

However, just when our little Billy’s happily getting reacquainted with his mates, his former friend Pat Garrett only decides to accept a massive pay-off to bring in the band of outlaws. So Billy finds himself on the run again (to the grinding guitar sound of Jon Bon Jovi – some might say that makes his situation even worse).

Basically, Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory, is more of the same. Now, that could have been a bad thing if the first film had been pretty dull, yet, actually it’s no bad thing – assuming you liked the first instalment. There’s nothing particularly new here. The plot is almost identical, just with a few new baddies and a few new members of Billy’s gang. There is a kind of sub-plot involving the (almost) modern day where a man claims he actually was Billy the Kid and a journalist is trying to deduce whether or not he’s telling the truth, but that probably could have been left on the cutting room floor if the producers had been pushed for time.

If you liked the original, you’ll probably like this, too. It’s definitely more of the same and is a fun *modern* cowboy romp. If you don’t like cowboy films in general, this one probably won’t win you over.
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VINE VOICEon 7 January 2007
Young Guns 2 came blazing on to the screen to deal with the parts of the Billy the Kid legend that Young Guns didn't tackle.

This film is even further from the true story than Young Guns but just as much fun.

The film is told through the eyes of an old cowboy claiming to be Billy the Kid speaking to a reporter and uses the old myth that The Kid's death at the hands of Pat Garrett never took place.

It is a brilliant sequel to Young Guns and brings back old cast members Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips and Kiether Sutherland and throws them together with another great actor Cristian Slater giving a fine performance as Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh.

Another great slice of Western farce there purely to entertain and entertain it does and a sequel that works well with its predecessor.
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