Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn and Bob Dylan star in this story of friendship and betrayal that has become one of the greatest legends of the American West. Sheriff Pat Garrett (James Coburn) is ordered by Governor Wallace (Jason Robards) to go after the outlaw Billy the Kid (Kris Kristofferson) because the cattle businessmen want him caught. Although Garrett and Billy are old friends, the lawman must abide by his duty. But Garrett and his deputies have no easy task against Billy’s cunning—who, along the way, gains assistance from a mysterious knife-wielding stranger named Alias (Bob Dylan).
“...The richest, most exciting American film so far this year. There are moments and whole sequences here that stand among the best Peckinpah has ever achieved.” —Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine (Jun 11, 1973) “If death can be made pretty, Mr. Peckinpah achieves it. If ruthlessness can somehow be rendered lovely, here it handsomely is.” —Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph UK (Aug 31, 1973) “Like [John] Ford's THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, it both records and condemns the passage of time and the advent of progress; and there is a sombre, mournful quality which places the film very high up in the league of great Westerns.” —Time Out