The Left Handed Gun Movie Review Summary

Actors: Paul Newman, John Dehner, James Best, James Congdon, Hurd Hatfield, Lita Milan

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This movie, based on a play by Gore Vidal, was directed by Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde) in 1958.
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William Bonney is hired as a cowboy by English cattle owner Tunstall who's driving his herd to Lincoln. Tunstall takes an interest in the young William who seems to have had a tough life until now. In Lincoln, Tunstall is murdered by sheriff Brady, Hill, Moon and Joe Grant who feared that Tunstall would have sold his herd at a low price. William Bonney decides to take the law in his own hands, kills Brady and Moon and comes back to his home town.

The Governor of New Mexico announces a general amnesty but William Bonney, known now as Billy The Kid, kills Hill during his friend Pat Garrett's wedding as well as Tunstall's last murderer. Garrett decides then to accept a job as Federal Marshall and manages to arrest William Bonney after having killed Charlie Boudre and Tom Folliard, the Kid's pals. Sentenced to death, Billy The Kid escapes and, once more, comes back to his home town, hunted by Pate Garrett.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Prairie?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Is this movie based on a    -   play

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