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Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

Lawrence Kasdan (1994)

182min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Lawrence Kasdan's three-hour plus journey to the notorious shoot-out at the OK Corral is a monumental western that works both as a serious history lesson and as a quietly understated drama. Many movies have been made about the life of Wyatt Earp and the events he engendered, but what makes this one so compelling is that it's the most accurate depiction and assessment of his character and deeds. Kasdan's beautifully filmed epic portrays the man not the legend, tracing Earp's move from boyhood innocence to knowing cynicism. It takes us from the 1860s to the turn of the century, as the Earp family move to Tombstone, Arizona, to take on the Clantons, who have been terrorising the town. On the surface, the infamous gunfight may have only been a 30-second battle between two hate-driven gangs, kicking off a series of vengeful killings in the process, but in Kasdan's assured hands the incident is legitimately transformed into a key moment in the history of the west. Kevin Costner has seldom been better as the older Earp, and his expert range suggests all the good, bad and ugly facets of the complex character - while Earp was an effective lawman, he was also a thief, an arsonist and a murderer. Yet, Costner still leaves plenty of room for Dennis Quaid to steal the show as the tuberculosis-ridden dentist Doc Holliday. There's also strong support from Gene Hackman as Earp's father and a well-chosen back-up cast led by JoBeth Williams and Bill Pullman. They all make telling contributions to Kasdan's compelling study of this complex man.

Summary

The life of the legendary lawman, from his early youth to his days as the feared and respected deputy town marshal of Tombstone who is best known for his part in the gunfight at the OK Corral, a tragic confrontation with a notorious outlaw gang. Western, starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Michael Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Bill Pullman and Catherine O'Hara.

Cast & Crew

Wyatt Earp Kevin Costner
John "Doc" Holliday Dennis Quaid
Nicholas Earp Gene Hackman
Virgil Earp Michael Madsen
Morgan Earp Linden Ashby
Ike Clanton Jeff Fahey
Mattie Blaylock Mare Winningham
Josie Marcus Joanna Going
Sheriff Johnny Behan Mark Harmon
Allie Earp Catherine O'Hara
James Earp David Andrews (2)
Ed Masterson Bill Pullman
Big Nose Kate Isabella Rossellini
Bat Masterson Tom Sizemore
Bessie Earp JoBeth Williams
Mr Sutherland James Gammon
Frank McLaury Rex Linn
John Clum Randie Mell
Tom McLaury Adam Baldwin
Urilla Sutherland Annabeth Gish
Curly Bill Brocius Lewis Smith
Virginia Earp Betty Buckley
Warren Earp Jim Caviezel
Mrs Sutherland Karen Grassle
Sally Téa Leoni
Ed Ross Martin Kove
Johnny Ringo Norman Howell
Director Lawrence Kasdan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Brief nudity, may be edited for violence and language. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay

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