Picks and Pans Review: Billy the Kid
updated 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/15/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT
If Woody on Cheers had had an evil twin who lived in the Wild West more than a century ago—okay, so this is a really big if—then he would have been the perfect role model for Gore Vidal to use when he wrote this version of the life and death of Billy the Kid. Val (Top Gun) Kilmer as Billy is a naive but heavily armed young man—old enough to shoot but too young to shave—who kills a corrupt and murderous sheriff, is double-crossed by Wilford Brimley as the territorial Governor and then is hunted down by his former friend Duncan Regehr as Sheriff Pat Garrett. If you like Westerns, then fine—this is filled with lots of scenes that look like Lonesome Dove outtakes, more than enough to give you a good dose of dust and gunpowder. But I still don't like Westerns. Call me a wimp, but I prefer shows about civilized people who have decent table manners.