The Left Handed Gun

The Left Handed Gun

By Arthur Penn

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1958-05-07
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 42min
  • Director: Arthur Penn
  • Production Company: Haroll Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 5.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 1.99
From 65 Ratings


This unusually gritty Western about gunslinger William Bonney, better known as "Billy the Kid," portrays Bonney as he is historically known to have been: illiterate, unintelligent and homicidal. When a rancher treats Bonney with kindness for the first time in his hard life, Bonney becomes devoted to the man. When the rancher is killed, Bonney goes on a murderous rampage to avenge his friend, which leads head-long to a confrontation with Pat Garrett, the man who would finally gun him down. Based on the play by Gore Vidal, this Western classic stars Academy Award-winner Paul Newman ("Message in a Bottle," "The Hudsucker Proxy") as William Bonney, Lita Milan ("I Mobster," "Never Love a Stranger"), and John Dehner("The Right Stuff," "The Boys from Brazil"). This was the first movie directed by Academy Award-nominee Arthur Penn ("Bonnie and Clyde," "Little Big Man").




  • Unvarnished, honest movie

    By Mordecai37
    Of all the actors who've protaryed Billy the Kid, Newman seems to have nailed the portrayal. The man, William Bonney, did not have a "full deck" ... neither did the young guys he hung out with. But the director is playing with a full deck. Good story-telling. This is relational for a western.
  • "The Legend Of Billy The Kid!"

    By "Grimmbo"
    ..Begins right here; People!-(Many Firsts: Superb Script by Gore Vidal; Dynamic Direction by Arthur Penn; Clever Casting & Awesome Action!-Paul Newman is very Believable as the young William Bonney; Impressive to see him Evolve/Devolve into the Tragic yet Sympathetic "Billy The Kid!"-A late 1950's Anti-Hero Classic!-"See It Again!" Grimmbo.