Dirty Little Billy

Overview

Dirty Little Billy thankfully does not try to glorify its subject. Instead, Billy the Kid Michael J. Pollard is depicted as the homicidal mental defective that history has proven him to be. The film recounts Billy's formative years, exploding legends and myths all along the way. The Old West is not prettied up in the least; there seems to be mud everywhere, even in the houses. Dirty Little Billy was the last production to be supervised by legendary mogul Jack L. Warner, who had severed his ties with Warner Bros. ...
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Overview

Dirty Little Billy thankfully does not try to glorify its subject. Instead, Billy the Kid Michael J. Pollard is depicted as the homicidal mental defective that history has proven him to be. The film recounts Billy's formative years, exploding legends and myths all along the way. The Old West is not prettied up in the least; there seems to be mud everywhere, even in the houses. Dirty Little Billy was the last production to be supervised by legendary mogul Jack L. Warner, who had severed his ties with Warner Bros. in 1972 and was releasing through onetime arch rival Columbia Pictures.
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Editorial Reviews

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This entry into the revisionist western cycle of the early 1970's is an effective, gritty character study. The script divorces itself from the myth of Billy The Kid, aiming its gaze at the reality behind the legend and focusing on the pre-history that led to him becoming the outlaw he became. Michael J. Pollard does well with the lead role, creating a sympathetic misfit whose rumpled but insightful manner carries a certain oddball charm. There is also an understated but moving performance from Lee Purcell as the prostitute he falls in love with and a flashy turn from Richard Evans as the "crazy" outlaw who reveals himself to be more of a survivor than a wild man. The script gives these performances room to breathe by creating an episodic narrative that offers enough time to develop nuances in the characterizations while still edging the story towards its inevitable conclusion. Stan Dragoti's direction has style but avoids artifice, allowing the performances and situations to carry the day while capturing the events in an appropriately gritty manner (look out for a barroom brawl that ends in a woman vs. woman knife-fight). In short, Dirty Little Billy is an effective little sleeper and worth the time for anyone who can appreciate an unsentimental take on the western genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2011
  • UPC: 043396378506
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,613

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael J. Pollard Billy
Charles Aidman Ben Antrim
Alex Wilson Len
Craig Bovia Buffalo Hunter
Gary Busey Basil Crabtree
Severn Darden Big Jim
Josip Elic Jawbone
Richard Evans Goldie
Cherie Franklin Greta Schmidt
Ronny Graham Charle Nile
Dran Hamilton Catherine
Ed Lauter Tyler
Len Lesser Slits
Nick Nolte
Henry Proach Lloyd
Lee Purcell Berle
Willard Sage Henry
Richard Stahl Earl Lovitt
Dick Van Patten Harry
Scott Walker Stormy
Mills Watson Ed
Frank Welker Young Punk
Technical Credits
Stan Dragoti Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ralph Ayres Special Effects
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
Sascha Burland Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
John David Coles Special Effects
George James Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Charles Moss Screenwriter
David Wages Editor
Jack L. Warner Producer
Ralph A. Woolsey Cinematographer
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