Wyatt Earp 1994

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Epic re-telling of the life of Wyatt Earp from law student, through petty crook to lawman and entrepreneur. The much-filmed Gunfight at the OK Corral is only a minor part of the tale and almost slips by without anyone noticing. Kevin Costner stars as the famous lawman and most feared gunslinger of his time, embittered by the death of his wife, while Dennis Quaid plays the dying Doc Holliday, hi...

Kevin Costner,Dennis Quaid
3 hours, 10 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid
Supporting actors Gene Hackman, Jeff Fahey, Mark Harmon, Michael Madsen, Catherine O'Hara, Bill Pullman, Todd Allen, David Andrews, Adam Baldwin, Betty Buckley, Annabeth Gish, Isabella Rossellini, JoBeth Williams, Tom Sizemore
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
Having won the battle of the Robin Hoods, Costner wasn't so lucky with Wyatt Earp: forget Waterworld, this is still the biggest box-office disaster of Costner's career, a $63m epic Western that struggled to make $25m at the US box-office yet somehow managed to avoid being nicknamed 'Kevin's Gate' (although it did earn Michael Madsen's unending animosity when the lengthy shoot prevented him from playing Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction). Originally intended as a mini-series and tracing the famed lawman's life from farm boy, freight driver, law student, drunk, horse thief, buffalo hunter to the aftermath of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, it's an ambitious attempt at an American epic with an increasingly unlikeable main character, but it's more of an occasionally ambitious failure than a genuine success.

Not nearly as much fun as the rival Tombstone, it's often at its best in the early scenes detailing the side of Earp that the movies previously overlooked as he goes from idealism to bitterness and misogyny following the death of his first wife. Taking its lead from Nicholas Earp's credo that family comes first and "Blood counts the most," Costner's determination not to play likable is admirable, but it casts a dour shadow over a film with increasingly little lightness or humour to break up its bleak view of an embittered man whose only real talent is for violence and make it more palatable. America tends to like its heroes cut and dried, but Costner's Earp is not so much flawed as downright unsympathetic at times - more of a 70s anti-hero than one who would find favour in the 90s, leaving a cruelly overlooked at Oscar time Dennis Quaid (stunningly good) as Doc Holliday to carry the audience sympathy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Film depicts some of 'Wyatt's' early years including his marriage to
'Urilla Sutherland' who's premature death reduced 'Wyatt' to be a drunk
and thief.
We follow his ventures to that of a buffalo hunter, a lawman in 'Wichita'
where his reputation for a no-nonsense approach attracted an offer to become
a deputy in the out of control 'Dodge City' where he hooked up with prostitute
'Mattie' Sutherland' and where he caught sight of 'Josie Marcus' on stage.
He took his family to 'Tombstone' to find their fortune in the new town that
grew as a result of a 'Silver' find in the area, the year 1879.
From the outset the Mclaury's and 'Clanton's' were a thorn in the 'Earps' side,
a showdown between them almost Inevitable.
The film had it's fair share of critic's when released and almost certainly
failed to re-coup the film company's investment, however. me ? ...I rate the
film quite highly, it's another one of those movies I re-watch every now and
The film attempts to show how 'Wyatt's reputation and actions made him the
legendary figure he became.
The portrayal of a short and bloody out-come to the famous Gunfight at the O.K
coral was probably nearer the truth than many previous films had portrayed.
Of course 'Western' fans will already have compared this to other 'Wyatt Earp'
movies down the years of which there have been many, the most notable in my view
being 'Kurt Russell's' --'Tombstone' (in which 'Val Kilmer's portrayal of 'Doc
Holliday' was brilliant) also worth watching the Burt Lancaster'/'Kirk Douglas'
film 'The Gunfight at the O.K Coral'
The film for me...tried to give a greater insight to the legend that was 'Wyatt
Earp'......certainly worth a watch.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I read recently that Kevin Costner doesn't like the usual (what he regards as short ) running time of movies. Since the ground breaking Dances With Wolves he has tended to extend running time enabling his movies to get to grips with a true narrative style, where he takes the audience deep into the world of the central character and allows us the privilege of "living the life" of the character along with them. This has the effect of giving the movie a more "natural" feel, allowing the audience to
identify with the character at quite a deeper level than is usual with movies of 90 minutes or so in length. This approach has worked particulary well with this movie, and (without spoiling the plot for new viewers), it is fair to say that because of life events Earp matured into both a complex and serious character.
One of the enduring qualities of this movie is that Costner doesn't play Earp as the consummate hero of the Wild West. He is a human being with all the failings and insecurities of those around him and is not portrayed as an unbeatable gunslinger. All credit to Costner, the director, the producers and everyone involved for taking this approach.
What does set Earp apart however, according to the narrative here, is his strength of character. The question we have to ask ast the end of the movie is was that strength of character ultimately beneficial or detrimental to Earp and the members of his family?
So all in all a thought provoking movie on one of the greatest legends of the Old West, and one that has prompted me to want to read further about the enigmatic Earp. A special mention must also go to Dennis Quaid for his excellent portrayal of Doc Holliday.
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