Hour of the Gun

Hour of the Gun

John Sturges (1967)

97min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This superb follow-up to his own Gunfight at the OK Corral from director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape) starts where the previous movie climaxed and charts the moral decline of lawman Wyatt Earp from upright marshal to relentless avenger. He's portrayed brilliantly by a grim James Garner, in a far cry from his customary jolly screen image. Doc Holliday is also perfectly played by Jason Robards, providing a marvellous contrast to Garner's Earp. This movie, with its fine use of Panavision (from veteran cinematographer Lucien Ballard) and its memorable Jerry Goldsmith score, prefigures the darker, anti-romantic westerns that were to come, notably those of The Wild Bunch director Sam Peckinpah. Neglected on release, this movie can now be appreciated as a near masterwork, a requiem for the Old West, and certainly the old western. Watch for Jon Voight in a small role and screenwriter Edward Anhalt in a brief cameo as the doctor treating Holliday's tuberculosis.

Summary

Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp and his sidekick Doc Holliday hunt down the surviving members of the Clanton gang in the aftermath of the gunfight at the OK Corral. However, Earp's determination begins to spiral into an obsession with exacting revenge. Western, starring James Garner, Jason Robards and Robert Ryan.

Cast & Crew

Wyatt Earp James Garner
Doc Holliday Jason Robards
Ike Clanton Robert Ryan
Octavius Roy Albert Salmi
Horace Sullivan Charles Aidman
Andy Warshaw Steve Ihnat
Pete Spence Michael Tolan
Texas Jack Vermillion William Windom
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: DVD
Drama