Western Gunfighters: Gunfighters/The Outlaw [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Interactive menus
  • Scene index
  • Digitally mastered

Synopsis

Gunfighters
Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickock - these are the names that have become synonymous with the old west and the ways of the gunfighter. In this release that seeks to unearth the men behind these near-mythological figures, filmmakers utilize authentic stills and true stories to paint a vivid portrait of a time when life was cheap, and bullets were plentiful. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

The Outlaw
Perhaps Hollywood's 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 Doc's mistress Rio (Russell), he's instantly attracted to the buxom beauty. An intense chemistry quickly grows between them, despite the fact that Billy murdered Rio's brother. Billy and Rio secretly marry, but their love runs hot and cold, and soon Billy, Doc, and Rio are fighting among themselves as they're 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, Rovi

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