Wyatt Earp

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This massive, in-depth study of the dark Western icon comes off with mixed results. Trying to capture the whole life, (warts and all) of the lawman-criminal-brother-fortune hunter, director Lawrence Kasdan gains points for sheer scale, giving us a rich epic painted in dark colors with gritty settings. But the visual poetry and extensive foreshadowing ruin the dramatic drive. Some scenes have as much impact as stalker movies; you’re ju… More >>

Wyatt Earp

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  1. All of the attempts to expose the rest of Wyatt Earp’s life are diminished if not ruined by the blatantly false portrayal of the Earp’s and Holliday as “lawmen.”

    The famous “gunfight” was little more than cold-blooded murder carried out by the Earps, and the attempt to somehow portray the Earp’s as heroes is an embarassment. The Clanton/McLaury gang were cattle rustlers, but did that justify their being gunned down in cold blood? Tom McLaury was unarmed but still shot and killed by the Earps. Ike Clanton and Billy Clairborne were both unarmed and ran away, but still the cowardly Earps took shots at them.

    There were no “good guys” in the “gunfight” but there were players who were more in the wrong than the other, and those were the Earps. It’s too bad that this movie didn’t accurately portray this.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. This is a decent movie, but because it follows the same plot and story of “Tombstone” and “Tombstone” is a thousand times better, there is no reason to bother to watch “Wyatt Earp”. Dennis Quaid is LAUGHABLE as Doc Holliday, and he fails to convince. In “Tombstone” Val Kilmer displays his incredible emotional range and his part allows him to be serious and hilarious at different times. Kilmer actually smoked several packs of cigarettes a day to give himself a raspy voice and a sickly appearance. The chemistry between Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer is what elevates “Tombstone” far above ordinary action films. In “Wyatt Earp” there is little chemistry between Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid. The characters are wooden and underdeveloped. The filmmakers of “Tombstone” took real risks to make the true story exciting and profound, while “Wyatt Earp” spends too much time developing its story, so that by the end it has lost its impact. “Tombstone” is great because it is not afraid to alter history to fit the legend, but “Wyatt Earp” is bad because it is too realistic, and realism is not what film is about, if it was then noone would watch. If you have an imagination and enjoy complex characters watch “Tombstone”, if you are a historian and like to wear tight clothing and study encyclopedias watch “Wyatt Earp”.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. This has to be the worst, most boring peice of garbage western I’ve ever seen. How can one call this a good biography. All this movie did was try to tear jerk you every second. Kasdan thinks he has a gift for tear jerking. I watch westerns because they are real, and violent with straightforward stories and gritty characters. This film lacks in everything that characterizes a western. The people who liked this must have just got done watching, “The Big Chill”. A real western is the Outlaw Josey Wales, or The Sacketts. And Tombstone, even though overblown at times, blew this bomb out of the water. When they get to the gunfight at the OK Corrall, notice how you don’t even know who the heck the bad guys are. Kasdan has to remember that the heavy in a movie is just as important as his hero, especially a western. But if he did that it wouldn’t be his brand of yuppie western. Kasdan watched too many episodes of Little House on the Prairie and thought they were westerns. He should watch some more Peckinpah films and grow a pair. Kevin Costner should do the same.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. Let me say this first! This movie was not good at all! While they did have a few facts in there that people over look, or do not know. It was just bad acting, Costner mostly. And even though i like Dennis Quaid a lot. His “Doc Holliday”, was just rotten. Sorry. … … … I am a historian. … … … The fight at the “OK Corral” Was not even at the corral!!! It took place in an alley between buildings! And, the fight was over one thing. Too many people trying to run the same organizations. They all did prostitution, opium, saloons, you name it! And the Earps did not like the Clantons and the rest of them stepping in on it. As for Doc, the person I am named after. He was brought in to take care of any “problems” that came up. And he did a hell of a job! While Doc was not exactly what you would call an upstanding citizen. We could all learn a thing or two from him about friendship! Wyatt was his friend, and he never let anything happen to him! Moreover, this film did not make Doc out to be a lawman. Nor was he ever. I do feel anyone that wants to, should study a little history. It will help you to understand thing’s before you write a … review!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Among the unintentional laughs was the dramatic walk to the OK Corral by the Earps and Doc Holliday. This should have been released as a comedy.

    Another flawed, but still excellent, version of the Earps was “Tombstone.”
    Rating: 1 / 5

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