The infamous Billy the Kid or William H. Bonney, born Henry McCarty is a noteworthy figure in the legends of the American Old West, having succeeded in becoming well-known through his deeds of thievery and mischievous behavior. Lastly, Billy the Kid is renowned as a gunman who killed two deputies and several other men as he traveled through the western parts (Arizona), ending up in New Mexico, where he affiliated himself with a gang notorious for cattle raiding.
Some called him an outlaw and a fugitive, others a symbol of freedom turned legend. Whichever the case, the Kid found his death in the hands of Sheriff Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner, NM.
Without further ado, here are the most significant adaptations about the deathless Old West figure:
The 1988 Crime/Action motion picture tells the western legend of Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez/The Breakfast Club) whom, together with his gang of zany gunmen makes his authority known and feared throughout the county and further away.
Director Howard Hughes revived the stories of frontier fugitive Billy the Kid, gambler Doc Holliday and sheriff Pat Garrett in the American western movie entitled “The Outlaw”, released in 1943.
3.Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
Under the pressures of wealthy landowners, Pat Garrett (James Coburn) reaches out to his longtime acquaintance and friend, W. H. Bonney (Kris Kristofferson) with the intention of defaming him. The movie was directed by Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs) and was first seen on the big screen in 1973.
4.The Left Handed Gun
This biographical movie starring Paul Newman as the famed Old West character reminisces moments of crime and vengeance between rivaling gangs in a spectacular 1958 adaptation.
5.Billy the Kid
Based on the novel of Gore Vidal, the 1989 western movie had Val Kilmer (The Doors, Red Planet, Alexander) in the role of Billy the Kid. Although having some plot holes, the movie was well received by critics and fans of the genre.
A character forever embedded in our hearts – as told by David Geffen, “I’m Billy the Kid, the fastest draw. It’s not arrogance. It’s the truth.”