Aug. 6, 2021

#36 - "Young Guns" (1988) with Laramy Wells

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The western, which used to be as common in Hollywood as superhero movies are now, enjoyed a surprising revival in popularity in the late 1980s into the 90s. The genre, of course, fizzled out again and faded from memory. Film financiers didn’t see a profit in it and audiences lost their appetite for it. However, for a good 6 years westerns were cool again. They won Oscars, starred some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and inspired Bon Jovi to sing about riding on steel horses and being shot down in a blaze of glory.

It all started with this 80’s flick, which was once known as the Brat Pack western. The passion project of a 27-year-old screenwriting wunderkind and largely financed through money from Subaru dealerships, this Billy the Kid movie may have failed to garner much critical respect, yet it remains one of the most beloved modern westerns. So grab your cowboy hat, your six-shooter, and join Tim Williams and guest co-host Laramy Wells as they mount up with the Regulators to discuss “Young Guns” from 1988 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • When the men are going through the Indian village, "Doc" is in the front of the group, with a cover on his face. It's a stand-in for Kiefer Sutherland, who had left the set that morning due to the birth of his child.
  • A few members of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club were used as extras in the bar scene when the group goes to arrest Henry Hill. They were also used as extra security during the shooting of the final battle; that crowds of onlookers were getting too big.
  • When Colonel Nathan Dudley arrives at the siege of the McSween house with a detachment of cavalry, the troopers are correctly portrayed by African-Americans. The U.S. Army was segregated at the time. New Mexico was policed by the 9th U.S. Cavalry, a unit composed of black soldiers under the command of white commissioned officers and black non-commissioned officers.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Box Office Mojo

Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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