Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid / B2 / Japan

25.01.12

PosterPoster
Title
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid
AKA
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Year of Film
1973
Director
Sam Peckinpah
Starring
James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Barry Sullivan, Jason Robards, Bob Dylan, R.G. Armstrong, Luke Askew, John Beck
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Western | Drama
Type of Poster
B2
Style of Poster
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Origin of Poster
Japan
Year of Poster
1973
Designer
Unknown
Artist
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Size (inches)
20 4/16" x 28 13/16"
SS or DS
SS
Tagline
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A striking use of Japanese characters on this poster for Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 take on the true story of lawman versus outlaw, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The film starred James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson and featured American musician Bob Dylan in his first film role. Dylan also composed several songs for the soundtrack and released an album of the same name that year, which featured the classic song ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’.

This was Peckinpah’s third western and it’s said that he wanted the film to be the definitive statement on the genre. Sadly, multiple problems beset the production, including budgetary and time constraints, malfunctioning equipment and sick cast and crew members. This led to a falling out between the director and the studio (MGM) and ultimately saw the film being removed from Peckinpah’s control. The footage was roughly edited and cut down before being dumped into cinemas, with an unsurprisingly poor critical and commercial outcome.

In 1988 a director’s cut of the film was released and led to it being given a favourable reappraisal from critics and many now hail the film as one of Peckinpah’s best. In 2005 a third version was released onto DVD, which combines the two cuts and adds in some new material whilst still running shorter than the director’s cut.

‘Riders on the Storm’┬áis an excellent write up of the production of the film and features this great picture of the director.

The original trailer is on YouTube.

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