Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Rudolph WurlitzerThe great-grandson of the man who founded the famous music company published his first novel, Nog in 1969. For most of the seventies Wurlitzer worked in Hollywood, writing screenplays. His 1971 play 2 Lane Blacktop was filmed by maverick producer Monte Hellman, starring Warren Oates with singer James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson. In 1973 he wrote the screenplay for Sam Peckinpahs Western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, starring Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan.
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A compromised work about how compromise eats the soul, it has a boozy, slouchy grandeur that troubles your dreams for weeks after the closing credits roll. Working from an acerbic script by cult novelist Rudy Wurlitzer, this bitterly revisionist take starred James Coburn as outlaw-turned-Sheriff Pat Garrett, assisted here by a posse of veteran old-timey Western character actors such as Jack Elam, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills and Slim Pickens. What could possibly go wrong? It all escalated rather quickly into a pretty much literal pissing contest between Peckinpah and cheapskate MGM executive James Aubrey — who was in charge of transitioning the studio into the hotel industry and thus used their waning movie business as quickie cash infusions for the then-under-construction Grand in Las Vegas. Then his director stood up on a chair and urinated all over the screen. Aubrey obstinately refused to allow re-shoots of the unusable scenes, even though insurance would have covered the cost. Peckinpah found sneaky ways to film most of what he needed anyway, which is rather miraculous considering the fact that he was half-naked and blackout drunk most of the time, throwing knives and firing pistols into the air.
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The film is about an aging Pat Garrett Coburn , hired as a lawman by a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid Kristofferson. Dylan composed the score and songs for the film, most prominently " Knockin' on Heaven's Door ", which were released on its soundtrack album the same year.
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Pat Garrett didn't just kill Billy the Kid, he also became the leading expert on the outlaw's life.