One of my favorite films is a little-known Western called “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.” The 1973 Sam Peckinpah film starred James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson in the title roles. Now, most people don’t like it much, in fact Peckinpah wanted his name removed from the title credits. But, I think it’s a good, gritty Western with a couple of great leading men.
The film also features Bob Dylan in a supporting role. Now, Dylan can’t act at all, but he did lend his songwriting talents to the effort. Few people realize that the song “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” was written for this film. Here’s the scene which supported it — that’s character actor Slim Pickens who accepts his fate while staring at a beautiful New Mexico sunrise.
Quite a scene.