Young Guns II (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Young Guns II (1990)



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Only three of the original five "young guns" -- Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez), Jose Chavez y Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips), and Doc Scurlock (Kiefer Sutherland) -- return in Young Guns II, which is the story of Billy the Kid and his race to safety in Old Mexico while being trailed by a group of government agents led by Pat Garrett (William Petersen). Along the way, Billy's crew gains three new recruits: Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh (Christian Slater), Tom O'Folliard (Balthazar Getty), and Hendry French (Alan Ruck). Though the film suffers from an uneven script, many performances -- particularly Slater's -- are surprisingly strong, and the movie looks great. The theme song, "Blaze of Glory," is performed by Jon Bon Jovi in his first solo appearance; the rocker also has a cameo in the film.

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Emilio Estevez
as Billy the Kid
Kiefer Sutherland
as Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips
as Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater
as Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh
Alan Ruck
as Hendry French
R.D. Call
as D.A. Ryerson
James Coburn
as John Chisum
Balthazar Getty
as Tom O'Folliard
Jack Kehoe
as Ashmun Upson
Jon Bon Jovi
as Pit Inmate
Robert Knepper
as Deputy Carlyle
Tom Kurlander
as J.W. Bell
Viggo Mortensen
as John W. Poe
Leon Rippy
as Bob Ollinger
Tracey Walter
as Beever Smith
Bradley Whitford
as Charles Phalen
Scott Wilson
as Gov. Lew Wallace
Jenny Wright
as Jane Greathouse
John Hammil
as Pendleton
Carlotta Garcia
as Deluvina Maxwell
Joy Bouton
as Juanita
Albert Trujillo
as Jesus Silva
John Alderson
as Guano Miner
Redmond Gleeson
as Murphy Man
Lee de Broux
as Bounty Hunter
Jerry Gardner
as Sheriff Kimbel
Sixto Joost
as Bounty Hunter
Rudy Sena
as Bounty Hunter
Adam Taylor Gordon
as Bounty Hunter
Nick Gomez
as Fernando
Airen Balen
as Student
Don Simpson
as Pinkerton Man
Holt Parker
as Sumner Priest
Tony Frank
as Judge Bristol
Chief Buddy Redbow
as Chief Victorio
Joey Joe Hamlin
as Chivato's Pal
Iris Pappas
as Barmaid
John Fusco
as Branded Man
Robert Harvey
as Townsman
Ted Kairys
as Town Dweller
William Upchurch
as Drunken Idiot
Michael Eiland
as Shopkeeper
Ed Adams
as Poe Posse
Bud Stout
as Poe Posse
Howie Young
as Poe Posse
Walter Feldbusch
as Pit Inmate
Bo Greigh
as Pit Inmate
Tom Byrd
as Pit Inmate
Donald Guideau
as Pit Inmate
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Critic Reviews for Young Guns II

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8)

Full of sound, gunfire, fury and scorchingly beautiful landscapes, Young Guns 2 generates more sheer visual excitement than any Western since Peckinpah and Leone were in their last '70s prime.

November 1, 2021 | Full Review…

As the movie goes on, a couple of the Regulators are gunned down, and all it really stirred in me was a wish that they not be reunited in that big valley in the sky for Young Guns III.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Although it's more ambitious than most sequels, Young Guns II exhausts its most inspired moment during the opening credits and fades into a copy of its 1988 predecessor -- a slick, glossy MTV-style western.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

The point is that the soundtrack includes Jon Bon Jovi, and that the stars play to the audience with a nod and a wink that says, 'Well, no one takes Westerns seriously any more, do they?'

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

The other members of the Lincoln County Regulators, Billy's gang, share a similar boyishness that's geared far more carefully to the tastes of today's teen-age audiences than to the folklore of the old West.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

The action and the acting are so listless that the only honest reaction to what transpires onscreen is a healthy snore.

May 12, 2001 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Young Guns II


Sequel to the cool Young Guns, Young Guns II is the story of how Billy The Kid is trying to outrun Pat Garrett and make it it safely to Old Mexico. As far as sequels so, usually they aren't that great, but Young Guns II is an interesting sequel with an awesome story that definitely delivers an entertaining 2 hours. The film follows the events after the first film, and many of the cast of the first film return where they left off. I am a fan of the old school Spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone, but the Young Guns films are Westerns that are a lot of fun. This second film has a lot of action, a good soundtrack and good acting. Compared to the old school Westerns, Young Guns I and II can't compare, but it does deliver a dose of a classic Western film to a "hiper" audience. I think that Young Guns II is a fine sequel and really, I can't decide between which film I liked better. Each are very good and fun. The films are nothing epic, but the fact that it's a film about legendary outlaw Billy The Kid makes it worth watching. Emilio Estevez (who's career pretty much went no where) is a well suited actor to play Billy The Kid and he reprises his role here, and he delivers another great comical, eccentric performance. Young Guns II is a revamped Western film that gives the genre new blood. Along with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Young Guns II can be considered a lifeline for a somewhat dying genre of cinema. Also in a way, i'd see both films in the Young Guns series as a bridge from the old spaghetti Westerns to the more recent Westerns Such as Unforgiven, The Quick And The Dead and the remake of True Grit. Without Young Guns I and II, I'm sure the genre would've died long ago.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Close to the first, not quite as good due to the fact they try and make it to silly here and there, silly wanna be funny moments that dont work. The soundtrack is better and the action looks better. The cast is still great but its just alittle too over the top. It all looks like the Bon Jovi music video, the ending is also abit stupid, but the final gunfight though short lived is pretty cool.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

excellant not as good as the first but is very close behind it excellant

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Film Crazy

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