Pat Garrett and Billy
Director: Sam Peckinpah Run Time: 122 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1973
Starring: , James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Richard Jaeckel
TALL COUNTY performs a live serenade before April’s Country Brunchin’ film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. The friendship between two legendary outlaws is tested when one becomes sheriff whose sole purpose is to kill his old pal Billy the Kid.
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is set at the tail-end of the 1880s in New Mexico where greed over cattle and land territory not only cause a riff between two old friends but also has repercussions involving the New West. Pat Garrett (played by the ever cool James Coburn) catches Billy the Kid (singer Kris Kristopherson) over an old murder and sentences him to hang. Of course Billy escapes by blowing up the jail and the manhunt ensues. Rife with production problems, the film alone has a whopping six editors attached, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is ultimately about male bonding during a time of a nation’s development. Full of shoot-outs and sexual-encounters, it’s a downright good time.
Tall County is a Brooklyn-based trio writing and playing stripped-down songs on strung-up instruments that don’t require electricity to be heard. They recorded their debut EP, Shine, singing and picking around a couple mics in a souped-up family barn in the Hudson Valley. A wood-burning stove helped with the heat.