Frank Perry (1971)

AA Certificate


Our Score
A flawed but fascinating account of the famous gunfight at the OK Corral with Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday, Faye Dunaway as his girlfriend Katie Elder, and Harris Yulin especially impressive as the political opportunist Wyatt Earp. The shoot-out, when it comes, is impressively handled by director Frank Perry, who successfully avoids mimicking previous versions, notably Ford's My Darling Clementine and John Sturges's two films on the same subject. Shorn of many of the familiar trappings, this account may disappoint traditional western fans, but its focus on Holliday's disenchantment seems to be a little parable about the moral bankruptcy of Nixon's America.


Dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc Holliday arrives in the frontier town of Tombstone, where he befriends the Earp brothers, one of whom is running for marshal. He is ultimately drawn into their bitter feud with the criminal Clanton family and their followers - culminating in the gunfight at the OK Corral. Western, with Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway.

Cast & Crew

Doc Holliday Stacy Keach
Kate Elder Faye Dunaway
Wyatt Earp Harris Yulin
Ike Clanton Michael Witney
Kid Denver John Collins
Director Frank Perry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD