John Tunstall picks up young gun men from the road to have them work on his ranch, but also to teach them reading and to civilize them. However he's a thorn in the side of the rich rancher Murphy, as he's a competitor in selling cattle. One day he's shot by Murphy's men. Judge Wilson can't do anything, since Sheriff Brady is one of Murphy's men. But attorney Alex persuades him to constitute Tunstall's young friends to Deputies and give them warrants of arrest for the murderers. Instead of arresting them, William Bonney just shoots them down. Soon the 5 guys become famous and William gets the name "Billie the Kid" - but they're also chased by dozens of Murphy's men and the army. The people however honor him as fighter for justice.

    Cast overview, first billed only:

    Emilio Estevez .... William H. 'Billy the Kid' Bonney

    Kiefer Sutherland .... Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock

    Lou Diamond Phillips .... 'Jose' Chavez y Chavez

    Charlie Sheen .... Richard 'Dick' Brewer

    Dermot Mulroney .... Dirty Steve Stephens

    Casey Siemaszko .... Charles 'Charley' Bowdre

    Terence Stamp .... John Tunstall
    Jack Palance .... Lawrence G. Murphy

    Terry O'Quinn .... Alex McSween
    Sharon Thomas .... Susan McSween
    Geoffrey Blake .... J. McCloskey
    Alice Carter .... Yen Sun
    Brian Keith .... Buckshot Roberts
    Thomas Callaway .... Texas Joe Grant (as Tom Callaway)

    Patrick Wayne .... Patrick Floyd 'Pat' Garrett