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It looks like Billy the Kid is up for a belated pardon from New Mexico, but it’s being held up by the descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed him. It’s a rehashing of one of the great showdowns of the west—a shopkeep-turned-sheriff hunting down an old friend as the West turned slowly into civilization. It’s also the basis for one of the best Westerns ever made, Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, which is as good a place to pick up the backstory as any. For what it’s worth, we’re not sure the Kid needs a pardon.

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