Young Guns II

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Only three of the original five "young guns" -- Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) -- return in Young Guns II, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett (William Petersen). Along the way, Billy's crew gains three new recruits: Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh (Christian Slater), Tom O'Folliard (Balthazar Getty), and Hendry French (Alan Ruck). Though the film suffers from an uneven script, many performances -- particularly Slater's -- are surprisingly strong, and the movie looks great. The theme song, "Blaze of Glory," is performed by Jon Bon Jovi in his first solo appearance; the rocker also has a cameo in the film.

Cast

Emilio Estevez
as Billy the Kid
Kiefer Sutherland
as Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater
as Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh
Alan Ruck
as Hendry French
R.D. Call
as D.A. Ryerson
James Coburn
as John Chisum
Balthazar Getty
as Tom O'Folliard
Jack Kehoe
as Ashmun Upson
Jon Bon Jovi
as Pit Inmate
Robert Knepper
as Deputy Carlyle
Tom Kurlander
as J.W. Bell
Viggo Mortensen
as John W. Poe
Leon Rippy
as Bob Ollinger
Tracey Walter
as Beever Smith
Bradley Whitford
as Charles Phalen
Scott Wilson
as Gov. Lew Wallace
Jenny Wright
as Jane Greathouse
John Hammil
as Pendleton
Carlotta Garcia
as Deluvina Maxwell
Joy Bouton
as Juanita
Albert Trujillo
as Jesus Silva
John Alderson
as Guano Miner
Redmond Gleeson
as Murphy Man
Lee de Broux
as Bounty Hunter
Jerry Gardner
as Sheriff Kimbel
Sixto Joost
as Bounty Hunter
Rudy Sena
as Bounty Hunter
Adam Taylor Gordon
as Bounty Hunter
Nick Gomez
as Fernando
Airen Balen
as Student
Don Simpson
as Pinkerton Man
Holt Parker
as Sumner Priest
Tony Frank
as Judge Bristol
Chief Buddy Redbow
as Chief Victorio
Joey Joe Hamlin
as Chivato's Pal
Iris Pappas
as Barmaid
John Fusco
as Branded Man
Robert Harvey
as Townsman
Ted Kairys
as Town Dweller
William Upchurch
as Drunken Idiot
Michael Eiland
as Shopkeeper
Ed Adams
as Poe Posse
Bud Stout
as Poe Posse
Howie Young
as Poe Posse
Walter Feldbusch
as Pit Inmate
Bo Greigh
as Pit Inmate
Tom Byrd
as Pit Inmate
Donald Guideau
as Pit Inmate
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Critic Reviews for Young Guns II

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (11)

  • The screenplay feels unfinished, the direction is ambling, but the performances are interesting.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Murphy directs cleanly, arranging the shoot-outs and Billy's personal declarations of doubt with a solid rhythm, making the film feel urged instead of assigned.

    Aug 7, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Expected western sequel w/young Hollywood cast.

    Mar 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Can you resist a movie with a Jon Bon Jovi theme song? You can? But this was before he turned into a total wuss!

    Jul 16, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Lacks the grit and intensity of its predecessor.

    Nov 4, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
  • Not as fresh or character-driven as the first film but still a hoot, "Young Guns II" is probably one of the better films of Estevez, Sutherland et al's career. Jon Bon Jovi also deserves a lot of credit for the movies appeal, creating an original set of s

    Sep 20, 2002

Audience Reviews for Young Guns II

  • Jun 28, 2011
    "Billy get your guns! There's trouble blowing like a hurricane." Man, what a good, but out-of-place song, but more on that later. First, let's discuss the film's deal of flaws, such as some improvable practical effects, some cliches, some fall-flat jokes and some cheesiness. The biggest problem with the film is the extremely fast pacing, which would be good if it wasn't for this film's complex story that feels - as put best by Roger Ebert - unfinished. Still, the film is supported by a good hook, some snappy editing, sharp sound, good action sequences, a moving final act and an interestingly inventive use of historical liberties. Just like the first one, the soundtrack needs to be discussed. Alan Silvestri's score is much more fitting than Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli's from the first one, but it's just better, in general. As much as I like the original's score, Silvestri's isn't as cheesy and has some more depth, as well as a less overly contemporary feel to contradict the Western theme. The score is much more grounded in the film's timeline, yet still retains the colorfullness of the original score. Of course, what hurts that is Bon Jovi's "Blaze of Glory", which is really good and all, but still feels a bit too mainstream and contemporary, but just barely, believe it or not. But then they got to "Billy Get Your Guns", which is also good and all, but pretty much took good care of that "this seems to fit" mood. Still, get past that, then the music is a deeper, less cheesy and much more appropriate improvement on the still solid score from the preceeding film. As for the ensemble, it has decreased so that we can be more intimate with the characters, who are also finally given some development. However, while this does have a positive affect on the character investment, it damages the entertainment value. However, Estevez is almost a redemption, as he had added more color to his character to make him more entertaining, as well as more dimension to make him more compelling. There's another thing: The performances are strong and arguably improve upon the performances in the original. Well, Lou Diamond Phillips is certainly better, as he puts on a passable job instead of overacted job. He's climbing up the ladder, though not as quickly as Estevez and Sutherland, who are compelling, charming and generally strong leads. Still, as much as I've praised the film, the rushed pacing really takes some heavy hits against the film and keeps it from feeling too special and memorable. Probably the only reason why people remember it is because it's the sequel to a cult hit and made Bon Jovi more popular until everyone pretty much forgot about him during the big "Music Quality Drop of the 2000s". Man, I can just see someone in about 10 years doing another hip ensemble Western with the new music icon behind it: Rap. I think I'm gonna pass on "Young Glocks". You guys like how I forced that joke it there? But seriously though, the film has made some major improvements, but still lacks the strong and ever-intensifying compellingness of its predecssor, which would have worked great with this more complex story. Nevertheless, "Young Guns II" is a solid companion piece to the original cult hit and stands as an improvable, but still generally well-executed and charming adventure.
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2011
    Sequel to the cool Young Guns, Young Guns II is the story of how Billy The Kid is trying to outrun Pat Garrett and make it it safely to Old Mexico. As far as sequels so, usually they aren't that great, but Young Guns II is an interesting sequel with an awesome story that definitely delivers an entertaining 2 hours. The film follows the events after the first film, and many of the cast of the first film return where they left off. I am a fan of the old school Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, but the Young Guns films are Westerns that are a lot of fun. This second film has a lot of action, a good soundtrack and good acting. Compared to the old school Westerns, Young Guns I and II can't compare, but it does deliver a dose of a classic Western film to a "hiper" audience. I think that Young Guns II is a fine sequel and really, I can't decide between which film I liked better. Each are very good and fun. The films are nothing epic, but the fact that it's a film about legendary outlaw Billy The Kid makes it worth watching. Emilio Estevez (who's career pretty much went no where) is a well suited actor to play Billy The Kid and he reprises his role here, and he delivers another great comical, eccentric performance. Young Guns II is a revamped Western film that gives the genre new blood. Along with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Young Guns II can be considered a lifeline for a somewhat dying genre of cinema. Also in a way, i'd see both films in the Young Guns series as a bridge from the old spaghetti Westerns to the more recent Westerns Such as Unforgiven, The Quick And The Dead and the remake of True Grit. Without Young Guns I and II, I'm sure the genre would've died long ago.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    I enjoyed this movie just as much as the 1st
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2009
    Far away from the first movie "Young Guns". I didn't like at all.
    Arianeta L Super Reviewer

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