Young Guns is a 1988 action/western film first made by Morgan Creek
Productions and released by 20th Century Fox (in North America) and
Vestron Pictures (outside North America). It was directed by
Christopher Cain and written by John Fusco.
Its stars include Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond
Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, and Casey Siemaszko. It
also features Terence Stamp, Terry O'Quinn, Brian Keith, and Jack
Palance. Young Guns is a fictionalized retelling of the adventures of
Billy the Kid (Estevez) during the Lincoln County War, which took
place in New Mexico during 1877-1878. It was filmed in and around Los
Cerrillos, New Mexico.
John Tunstall, an educated Englishman and cattle rancher in Lincoln
County, New Mexico, hires wayward young gun men to live and work on
his ranch. Tunstall's ranch is in heavy competition with another
well-connected rancher named Murphy and their men clash on a regular
basis. Tunstall recruits Billy and tensions escalate into the murder
of Tunstall. Billy (Estevez), Doc (Sutherland), Chavez (Phillips),
Dick (Sheen), Dirty Steve (Mulroney), and Charlie (Siemaszko), consult
their lawyer friend Alex who manages to get them deputized and given
warrants for the arrest of Murphy's murderous henchmen.
Billy quickly challenges Dick's authority as leader of the group,
vowing revenge to Murphy and the men responsible for killing Tunstall.
The men call themselves "The Regulators" and begin to kill many of the
men they are charged with arresting, most of them by Billy's own hand.