Trivia / Young Guns

  • Acting for Two: In addition to the role of Billy the Kid, Emilio Estevez dressed up as one of the enemy combatants in the McSween shootout at the end of the original film.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The sequel is most likely only remembered these days for the Bon Jovi title track "Blaze of Glory". While the film itself debuted to tepid reviews and a weak opening (coming in third on its opening weekend behind Ghost and Presumed Innocent), "Blaze" was a #1 Billboard Hit, nominated for an Academy Award (for Best Original Song) and spawned a top-selling solo album of the same name.
  • The Other Darrin: The character of Pat Garrett is played by Patrick Wayne in the original film, and by William Petersen in the sequel.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The first movie accounts for one of the very few James Horner scores to be thrown out and unused.
    • There was originally intended to be a sequence in the sequel where Chavez is riding on a horse while Billy fires a weapon near him. When it came time to shoot the scene, the horse got spooked when Emilio Estevez fired his weapon and knocked Lou Diamond Phillips off, then dragged him along the ground with a noose around his neck and tied to the saddlehorn, nearly killing him in the process. As a result, the scene was never refilmed and was left on the cutting room floor.