Wild Bill

Wild Bill

Walter Hill (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A flop in the States and unreleased in British cinemas, Walter Hill's Wild Bill, like his earlier Geronimo, is a flawed but fascinating look at an American legend. Starring a superbly cast Jeff Bridges as William "Wild Bill" Hickok, the movie opens with the killing of a dozen or so men over the course of a decade, then focuses on the ageing gunslinger's quest for old flame Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin) while setting up a confrontation with a vengeful youngster who may be Hickok's bastard son. Hill paints a far from pretty picture of the West in general and Hickok in particular: he's a drug addict, a killer and a monster haunted by his past. American audiences found the film easy to resist, but it oozes period atmosphere and stands with Kevin Costner's revisionist Wyatt Earp as an epic of disillusionment. Arguably paved the way for the rough and tough revisionism of 2004 HBO series Deadwood, which delivered its own take on the Hickok story.


The legendary gunfighter spends his last days as sheriff of Deadwood. As he reflects on an eventful life and his relationship with infatuated partner in crime Calamity Jane, a stranger arrives in town seeking revenge for one of Bill's past misdeeds. Western, starring Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Ellen Barkin and David Arquette.

Cast & Crew

James Butler `Wild Bill' Hickok Jeff Bridges
Charley Prince John Hurt
Calamity Jane Ellen Barkin
Jack McCall David Arquette
Will Plummer Bruce Dern
Buffalo Bill Cody Keith Carradine
California Joe James Gammon
Susannah Moore Diane Lane
Director Walter Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video and DVD