Rumors began to reach the studio that director Sam Peckinpah was unable to work due to his heavy drinking. So as a joke, a photo was taken which showed Peckinpah on a stretcher being fed whiskey through an IV bottle while cast members carried him.
According to Kris Kristofferson, director Sam Peckinpah so detested the studio cut of this film he actually urinated on the screen.
Sam Peckinpah had Roger Miller (singer of "King of the Road") in mind for the soundtrack, but Kris Kristofferson suggested Bob Dylan.
Kris Kristofferson fell in love with on-screen love interest Rita Coolidge and the two were married shortly after filming.
Film debut of Bob Dylan.
Governor Lew Wallace (Jason Robards) was the author of "Ben-Hur".
At various stages of the film's gestation, there was talk of Marlon Brando and Jon Voight, Robert Redford and Sam Shepard, and Jack Nicholson and John Denver playing the lead roles.
After seeing Kris Kristofferson perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and his appearance in Cisco Pike (1972), Sam Peckinpah decided to cast him as Billy the Kid in this film. |