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Hour of the Gun (1967) ( The Law and Tombstone )

Jason Robards , Robert Ryan , John Sturges    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Robards, Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, William Schallert, James Garner
  • Directors: John Sturges
  • Producers: Hour of the Gun (1967) ( The Law and Tombstone ), Hour of the Gun (1967), The Law and Tombstone
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 97.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JUW65Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Guns don't stay in their holsters long when vigilantes Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday meet outlaws in the Wild West. With the dust settled at the OK Corral the notorious Clanton brothers unleash their revenge. One by one they gun down Wyatt Earp's brothers - but they won't have the last shot. Using his US Marshal's badge as his authority and Doc Holliday (Jason Robards) as his deputized right-hand man Earp (James Garner) begins a zealous pursuit of vengeance that the West will never forget. ...Hour of the Gun (1967) ( The Law and Tombstone )


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Hour of the Gun is easily my favorite take on the Wyatt Earp legend, with John Sturges making amends for the strangely rather unsatisfying Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with this dark, revisionist take of the aftermath that seeps with post-Kennedy cynicism. People aren't killed, they're assassinated by riflemen hiding in shadows, trials fail to see justice done, the good townspeople buy off bad guys and the motives for the Clanton-Earp feud are more political and economic than personal (Robert Ryan's Clanton is more of a calculating businessman trying to fend off encroaching Eastern conglomerates and willing to sacrifice his family to do it than the usual crooked pater familias). Throughout, James Garner's Wyatt Earp moves further away from the law as an increasingly cold-blooded desire for vengeance takes over from his principles while Jason Robards bitter Doc Holliday can do little but watch and stand dying by his side.

With a terrific script by Edward Anhalt (who gives himself a good cameo as Doc's doc) there's a neat symmetry running through the film - Clanton slinks away from the O.K Corral before the lead starts flying only to find his gang deserting him the same way at the end - enhanced by Sturges' strong visual sense, with locations always sparsely populated or streets often completely empty to emphasise the narrow focus of the conflict.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hour has come 1 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
When John Sturges directed Gunfight At The O.K. Corral in 1957, it quickly came to be seen as a classic telling of one of the most famous events in American frontier history, along with John Ford's earlier staging of the occasion in My Darling Clementine (1946) still the version filmgoers remember best. Given the esteem in which his work held today, it's interesting to note that Sturges had a relatively low view of the film, seeing it principally as a job of work for producer Hal B. Wallis. In addition, nagged by some criticisms over Gunfight At The O.K. Corral's historical inaccuracies and obviously feeling that there was more drama to discover in the Wyatt-Clanton feud, he opted to return to the subject a decade later. The loose sequel Hour Of The Gun was the result, a western dealing with events immediately after the famous shootout.

Sturges originally attempted to cast Hour Of The Gun with some of the same actors with whom he worked back in 1957, ensuring a natural degree of continuity. (Sergio Leone planned the same creative economy two years later by initially casting the famous station opening of Once Upon A Time In The West with a reunited Lee Van Cleef, Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood.) Various factors made Sturges' scheme impossible, but leading parts were still secured by some fine actors: James Garner (as Wyatt Earp), Jason Robards (Doc Holliday) and Robert Ryan (Ike Clanton) as well as, way down the cast list, a young Jon Voight. Music was commissioned from Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography was from Lucien Ballard, who contributed so much to several Sam Peckinpah films.

In the event the reception afforded the results was lukewarm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I second that! 12 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
I agree with every word of the above review. This is a terrific Western. My only reson for joining in here is to say this : if you are unsure of James Garner as Wyatt Earp, remembering his comedy roles in 'Support your local Sherrif/Gunfighter' and, of course, the Maverick series, then don't be. This is a very different James Garner, and totally believable. That's it : go for it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The gunfight at the O.K. Corral is just over. Bodies lie in the dust. Now the killing really begins. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed, but first, a civics lesson. Ike Clanton (Robert Ryan) is determined to buy or shoot his way into power in Arizona. The territory sooner or later will be a state. Clanton knows all those "Easterners" are moving in with their own ideas of law, order and who should be in control. Standing in his way is Wyatt Earp (James Garner). Earp is a no-nonsense lawman who'll take down anyone who breaks the law. He's fast enough with a gun and ready enough to use it that he keeps getting in Clanton's way. If that doesn't frustrate Clanton enough, Earp has his two brothers to back him up, along with his good friend, Doc Holliday (Jason Robards). Clanton makes his play to eliminate the Earps with the shootout at the corral. By now the movie is only ten minutes over. The gunfight itself takes 30 seconds, just as it did in real life.

Hour of the Gun tells us what happened next. Clanton brings charges of murder against Earp and Holliday. They are narrowly acquitted. Clanton follows up with back shootings of Earp's brothers, leaving Virgil crippled and Morgan dead. Earp is not going to back down and now the grudge is personal. Holliday will stick with Earp. Clanton is going to use the law as well as his gang to run Earp out of the Territory or see him dead. Earp is going to legally go after the men he suspects attacked his brothers. Legally, he has warrants for their arrest. Legally, Doc Holliday points out to Earp, "Those aren't warrants you have there...those are hunting licenses." That's exactly how Earp sees things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by arol black
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Western
One of the great Westerns. Brilliant cast, director and music. If you love Westerns you must have this one. Five star.
Published 2 months ago by Ger Harnett
5.0 out of 5 stars classic wyatt earp
director john sturges re working his o.k.corral hit with the true story what happened after the famous gunfight great film
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Barry Ratcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars hour of the gun
simply the best and most accurate presentation of the gunfight at the ok corral and the events that followed .Grim,violent and totally devoid of the usual hollywood heroics .. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D. BYRNE
5.0 out of 5 stars bought for my dad
my dad has always been a fan of westerns and he saw this on tv the other day and when he checked his dvd collection he didnt have it and asked if i could find it for him he is now... Read more
Published 15 months ago by daniel jones.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are going to kill like me, you might as well drink like me.
Hour of the Gun is directed by John Sturges and adapted to screenplay by Edward Anhalt from Douglas D. Martin's novel Tombstone's Epitaph. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars What Happened After the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
Hour of the Gun is a good film about the events which occured after the Gunfight at the OK Corral. It is interesting if a little talky for a Western but it is an unusual take on a... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by HBH
4.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord
I have in my Western collection "The Gunfight at the OK Corral","Tombstone" and have now just watched "Hour of the Gun" and the latter will also become part of my collection. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by B. D. Compton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hour of the Gun ( D.V.D.)
Not Hollywood glamorised.This is a

brilliantly depicted version of the O.K.

Corral gunfight. Read more
Published on 19 April 2010 by Henry Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars First class western.
Incredible performances by the whole cast. Nice scenery.

A western as far removed fron the normal as perhaps Johnny Guitar. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr Viewer
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