American Experience: Billy the Kid DVD

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Item #: WA9352
On April 28, 1881, just days from being hanged for murder, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the last in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, he was finally gunned down by an ambitious sheriff, and the felling of one of the most notorious criminals of ... More
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On April 28, 1881, just days from being hanged for murder, 21-year-old Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, outfoxed his jailors and electrified the nation with the last in a long line of daring escapes. Just a few weeks later, he was finally gunned down by an ambitious sheriff, and the felling of one of the most notorious criminals of the age made headlines across the country.

First demonized by the lawman who killed him, the Kid was soon mythologized by a never-ending stream of dime store romances and big-screen dramas. But with each telling, Billy the Kid's real story was further obscured. Born to impoverished Irish immigrants, the Kid led a hardscrabble, itinerant life that became harder still when his mother died of tuberculosis. He came of age in a lawless corner of New Mexico, caught in the middle of a many-centuries-old Irish-English conflict playing out on the Southwest plains. But despite his reckless violence, the Kid's fascination with Mexican culture, his flare for Spanish, and his disdain for the Anglo authorities made him a hero of sorts to the Hispanic community, who hid him when the law came looking and mourned him most when he was gone.

Producer: John Maggio, Sharon Grimberg
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Year: 2012
Copyright Year: 2012
Rating: TV-PG
Narrator: Michael Murphy
Writers: John Maggio
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 60 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Nikki
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Quality as Always
Review by Nikki on 07/17/20 review stating Quality as Always
Having read several books on the subject, I can say that this documentary did cover a lot of ground concerning Billy the Kid, but it did obfuscate some details of his life, particularly his relationship with his stepfather and the fact that he had a brother. Still, a great documentary. Would recommend it.
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Mikey
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
A good buy.
Review by Mikey on 07/17/20 review stating A good buy.
Good video for wild west history buffs.
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Jerrylite
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I expect the truth was told.
Review by Jerrylite on 07/17/20 review stating I expect the truth was told.
The PBS Billy the Kid story was most likely very close to the real truth of his story. Most people feel that Billy was in the class of Bonnie Clyde, John Dillinger, etc. This show presents him as an immigrant whose Mother passed away in NM in 1874, leaving him completely alone as a 15-16 year old. He did wrong things, but most of them were for the protection of himself and the revenge of people in a lawless NM that had treated him right, only to be trusting of the law and be killed by this law. He tried to go straight, but the lawless lies given to him, finally changed his young life forever. He has killed at 20-21 by the lawless law in NM. A great story is told in this video.


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