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Duel to the Death: Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Dave Marsh, Creem, July 1973

I DON'T KNOW whether Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid will be a great rock'n'roll western or merely a machismo wetdream. Three days on the set wasn't enough to tell, even about a movie which stars James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson, sports in its cast Jason Robards, Barry Sullivan, Slim Pickens, Chill Wills and other veterans, even for a flick that has Bob Dylan in one minor role and Kristofferson's girlfriend Rita Coolidge in another. Even for a movie, in fact, directed by Sam Peckinpah, the greatest maker of Westerns since John Ford.

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