Newly appointed sheriff Pat Garrett is pleased when his old friend Doc Holliday arrives in Lincoln, New Mexico on the stage. Doc is trailing his stolen horse, and it is discovered in the possession of Billy the Kid. In a surprising turnaround, Billy and Doc become friends. This causes the friendship between Doc and Pat to cool. The odd relationship between Doc and Billy grows stranger when Doc hides Billy at his girl, Rio's, place after Billy is shot.
Luckily for the makers of "American Outlaws," Jesse James (Colin Farrell), his brother Frank (Gabriel Macht) and their cousin Cole Younger (Scott Caan) seem to have arrived on the scene just in time for the invention of the electric guitar. It wails on the soundtrack and makes this western, which doubtless considers itself to be a reimagining (as did "Planet of the Apes"), sound as if it came from the mind of Jon Bon Jovi. Directed with anonymous pep by Les Mayfield, "Outlaws" is a dreary populist telling of the story of the James gang. And the Bon Jovi reference is apropos, since the movie treats the fellas like a touring band that breaks up because of feuding egos and the stresses of the road. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-08-17 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of American Outlaws