Young Guns

What is Young Guns about?

Six young men known as the “Regulators”  become deputies to arrest the men who killed their beloved employer who gave them a home.  However, they eventually become outlaws hunted by both sides of the law sparking what’s known as the Lincoln County War and gives rise to the legendary gunslinger  “Billy the Kid”.  Starring Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Dermot Mulroney, Terrence Stamp and Jack Palance.

 

What is the one thing that motivates me with Young Guns?

This is based on a true story.  It amazes how young these guys were.  I think it is incredible that these guys went up against murderous outlaws and corruption while barely being out of their teens.  In saying that though, that was probably the cause of them going about it the wrong way and shooting people instead of arresting them but still it’s impressive.  It motivates me because I’m 26 at the time of writing this and I haven’t done squat.

 

Who is my favorite character?  Why?

I swore I’d never do this (saying all of them) but I’m going to.  All of them.  I like Emilio EstevezCharlie Sheen’s character Dick, the leader, the level headed one which I’d like to be.  I like Emilio Estevez’s character Billy the Kid, the charismatic and impetuous one.  Then there is Kiefer Sutherland’s character Doc, who is loyal, gentle and knowledgeable yet by situation has no hesitation to kill for his friends and beliefs.  Lou Diamond Phillips plays Chavez, a Mexican Indian who is spiritually guided and almighty.  Then the two that make you laugh the most Dermot Mulroney as Dirty Steve and Casey Siemaszko as Charlie.  The whole lot as one, as The Regulators!!

 

What this movie’s famous line?

There is a lot of quotable dialogue but I really like the end.  The epilogue told by Doc, played by Kiefer Sutherland

“Advices from Lincoln report that Jose Chavez Y Chavez moved to California where he changed his name and took work on a fruit ranch.  Josiah ‘Doc’ Scurlock is reported to have left the West for the East, taking with him a celestial bride, her mother and fourteen brothers and sisters.  Susan McSween went on to see both her husband’s and John Tunstall’s dreams to fruition, by becoming one of most prominent cattlewomen of all time.  Governor Axtel was forced to resign by President Rutherford B. Hayes and both the Murphy-Dolan faction and the Santa Fe Ring collapsed.  William H. Bonney, also known as ‘Billy the Kid’ continued to ride, never leaving New Mexico.  He was caught in Fort Sumner by Sheriff Pat Garret and killed.  Sources report that he was unarmed, and shot in the dark.  He was buried with Charley Bowdre at Old Fort Sumner.  Advices report that sometime later, an unidentified person snuck into the graveyard and chiseled an inscription.  The epitaph read only one word… ‘Pals’.”

Ugghhh, I love it!!!

 

What elemental message do I see?

Act out, regardless of the naysayers.  The guys in this movie probably went a little too far but hell, it got the point across.  If you want to make it, no matter what you do, or want to do, you have to break the rules not the law, I mean the rules, you know, conventional thinking.  No matter how old you are, you can do whatever it is that you want, don’t be intimidated by people who are the so called experts and definitely don’t think that them gives them the right to say “This is the mold, don’t break it.”

 

What do the critics think?

Who cares, I love it!

 

Young Guns

 




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