My last film recommendations post featured five films from the east (Well, Australasia and if we’re using a standard map!)…
Now for five films from the west...
Young Guns (1988)
Emilio Estevez stars as Billy the Kid accompanied by his strong supporting cast of Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Casey Siemaszko, Dermot Mulroney and real life brother Charlie Sheen. Terence Stamp and Jack Palance also feature.
Estevez and co. seek vengeance in this 103 minute western but ruffle a few feathers along the way!
I absolutely love this film and have watched it many times, particularly as a kid and despite the fact that it’s rated 18!
City Slickers (1991)
Billy Crystal goes on a cattle drive to experience life as a real cowboy. Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby join him as does the aforementioned Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for his supporting role in this comedic adventure.
Another film with a top drawer cast of Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Kevin Cline and Jeff Goldblum amongst others.
The motley crew are assembled by accident rather than design and head into corrupt Silverado!
Dollar for the Dead (1998)
I admittedly may have only watched this film once quite some time ago. It didn’t merit a cinematic release and is basically Emilio Estevez reliving the Young Guns glory days whilst searching for gold!
Young Guns II (1990)
Errr, yeah, bit of a cheat but Christian Slater, Alan Ruck and Balthazar Getty join Estevez’s crew as CSI’s William Petersen portrays Pat Garrett and pursues his old mate.
Even with Garrett gone, Estevez’s new gang don’t always get along, particularly Slater and Lou Diamond Phillips’ characters. It’s a strong follow up to the first film.
Jon Bon Jovi wrote the number one song Blaze of Glory for the film.
I feel obliged to mention some older films and The Cowboys (1972) starring John Wayne merits a mention. Technically a TV series, I also remember Lonesome Dove being very good.
If you do watch any of the above films then keep your eyes peeled for appearances from the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Viggo Mortensen, John Cleese and Terry O.Quinn aka Locke form the TV series Lost.
Oh! One more thing… Young Guns III might actually be happening!