The Kid (2019 film)

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The Kid
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byVincent D'Onofrio
Produced by
Screenplay byAndrew Lanham
Story by
  • Vincent D'Onofrio
  • Andrew Lanham
Music by
CinematographyMatthew J. Lloyd
Edited byKatharine McQuerrey
Distributed byLionsgate Films[1]
Release date
  • March 8, 2019 (2019-03-08) (United States)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$7 million[2]
Box office$1.55 million[3][4]

The Kid is a 2019 American semi-biographical western action film directed by Vincent D'Onofrio, from a screenplay by Andrew Lanham, and is executive produced by Carl Stubner, through Suretone Pictures. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, Jake Schur, Leila George, Chris Pratt, Adam Baldwin, and D'Onofrio,[5][6][7][8] and centers around Rio Cutler who forms an unlikely alliance with local sheriff Pat Garrett and infamous outlaw Billy the Kid in a mission to rescue his sister Sara from Grant Cutler, the boy’s thuggish uncle and gang leader.

The Kid was released in the United States on March 8, 2019, by Lionsgate Films.


Rio Cutler (Jake Schur) explains that he killed his father one night when his father drunkenly beat his mother to death. His uncle Grant Cutler (Chris Pratt) hears the gunshot and comes into the house. Furious at his brother's murder, he attacks Rio. Rio stabs him in the face with a shard of glass and he and his sister Sara (Leila George) escape. She steals a horse and they take shelter in a shack they find; they intend to meet their mother's friend in Santa Fe.

When they wake, they are greeted by Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and his gang. Rio shows Billy a picture of his mother and Billy reveals that he also killed his father in defense of his mother. When one of the gang goes outside to check on the horses, Sheriff Pat Garrett (Ethan Hawke) and his officers shoot him. A gunfight ensues in which Billy tries to lasso his horse to escape, but Garrett shoots the horse and takes them prisoner. Sara tells Rio not to go outside, because he will be hanged if he reveals he killed their father. Seeing this as a chance to get safely to Santa Fe, Rio runs outside; he and Sara tell Garrett that their mother died and they were separated from their father while they all traveled to Santa Fe. Garrett seems suspicious but takes them along.

They stop at a ranch inhabited by Mexicans where they leave the body of the man they shot. Billy sees his lover and promises to return. While Billy antagonizes Garrett during dinner, Rio slips him some butter and he escapes from his shackles, threatening to kill a deputy. Garrett produces a gun and threatens one of his gang, and the situation is diffused. Later, Garrett tells Rio about the first man he killed and asks him if he has anything he wants to tell him, but Rio says no.

When they get to Santa Fe, the sheriff (Vincent D'Onofrio) insists on taking Billy in addition to Dave, another member of Billy's gang. Sensing hostility, Garrett commandeers a stagecoach and hastily leaves town. Rio and Sara slip away and find their mother's friend in a dance hall. They have been set up by Grant, who ambushes them. He tells them their mother was also a whore, and for killing his brother he's taking Sara as his whore. He turns Rio out on the street and takes Sara. Rio sees Dave about to be hung and takes a letter from Billy, which claims Billy knows where his sister is. Rio gets a gun and goes to the jail to visit Billy, but a deputy turns him away. To get into the jail, Rio half-heartedly robs a bank and is shot by another deputy. In jail, Rio and Billy plot to escape. Garrett once again asks Rio if he has anything to tell him, and he again says no.

Billy escapes by attacking his guard during a trip to the outhouse; when the guard runs, Billy shoots him. He gets the keys to his shackles and frees Rio. They take a horse and return to the Mexican ranch; Billy promises to help find his sister. At the ranch, Billy finds out his lover is pregnant and ignores Rio's pleads to help with his sister. Garrett catches up with Billy at the ranch and kills him. Realizing Billy could not have helped him, Rio tells Garrett the truth about his father and his sister. They go to a whorehouse and Rio looks for Sara while Garrett encounters Grant. Grant tells Garrett about a time he saw his brother engaging in incest; when he told his father, he beat him harshly and told him to keep his mouth shut. Rio emerges with Sara and Grant ends up taking Rio; Garrett fights a man who raped Sara but Sara shoots him.

Garrett chases Grant outside and he threatens to kill Rio if he isn't let go. Garrett tells Grant that witnesses will attest to how he ran off like a coward. Grant says they know it isn't true, but Garrett says only the story they tell matters, not the truth. Garrett challenges Grant to a fair gunfight, which he accepts. Sara emerges from the saloon suddenly, distracting Garrett. Grant makes his move but Rio shoots him in the head. As Sara and Rio ride off from Santa Fe, he encourages her to be strong as she once did for him.




In April 2017, Vincent D'Onofrio was announced to be directing and starring in the film as Sheriff Romero.[6] In July 2017, Dane DeHaan was cast as Billy the Kid.[7] In August 2017, it was revealed that Chris Pratt would appear in the film.[5] In September 2017, Jake Schur was cast in the title role.[9]


In October 2017, filming began in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area.[10]


The Kid was released in the United States on March 8, 2019, by Lionsgate Films.[11][12] The first trailer debuted on February 21, 2019.[12]

Critical response[edit]

According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 45% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 5.37/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Well-framed, well-cast, and well-intentioned, The Kid still largely fails to set itself apart from the multitude of other westerns covering similar territory."[13] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 51 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[14]


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  14. ^ "The Kid (2019) Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 20, 2019.

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