The Kid

Genre:  Drama, Western
Running Time:  99 min.
DVD: June 4, 2019
DVD: June 25, 2019
Blu-ray: June 25, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.86
based on 14 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, Leila George, Jake Schur, Chris Pratt, Adam Baldwin


In a failed attempt to stop his alcoholic father from beating his mother to death, Rio Cutler (Jake Schur), 14, shoots his father dead. The teen goes on the run with his older sister Sara (Leila George), but hot on their trail is their vicious Uncle Grant (Chris Pratt), who wants revenge for his murdered brother.

The teens head for Santa Fe, where they hope to find a friend of their mother's, and they wind up sharing a hideout with Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and his gang. Billy takes them in and bonds with Rio, but their friendship is interrupted when a posse arrives. Several of Billy's men are killed and Billy is captured by Sheriff Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke), who agrees to take Rio and Sara to Santa Fe. Rio is afraid at first to tell Garrett what he's done, but when Grant shows up on the scene, Rio has to make a decision.

Director: Vincent D'Onofrio
Producer(s): Jordan Schur, David Mimran, Nick Thurlow, Sam Maydew
Screenplay: Andrew Lanham

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  • 4 stars "A very entertaining and historically, mostly, correct in this re-telling of Billy the Kid’s escape from the Lincoln County courthouse and subsequent death at the hands of former friend, Pat Garrett. The side story of the young boy and his sister was a neat touch giving a neat extra element to the well known tale. Great job Mr. D’Onofrio."
  • 4 stars "Good to see a western for a change. Some loose historical characters throw in."
  • 1 star "Too violent. And the casting was atrocious. Who told these kids they could act? Oh, right. The director (the father of the lead actress) and the producer (the father of the lead actor). Disgusting. Obviously no auditions were held so they could actually find talented young actors. These kids may not even want to be actors, but their dads decided they would make them stars."