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Kevin Costner plays the most famous lawman ever to stride the Wild West. In a gritty, complex portrayal hailed as a "classic American performance" (Bob Campbell, Newhouse Newspapers), Academy Award winner Costner (Dances with Wolves, The Bodyguard) plays the man who became a myth in acclaimed director Lawrence Kasdan's (The Big Chill, Silverado) epic, action-filled saga. Gene Hackman, an Oscar winner for Unforgiven, as Wyatt's iron-willed father, and Dennis Quaid (The Big Easy, The Right Stuff) as Earp's deadly best friend Doc Holliday add power to this mammoth, hard-hitting Western. From Wichita to Dodge City to the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, Wyatt Earp is a thrilling journey of romance, adventure and desperate, heroic action.
Excellent Historical Film
Even though "Tombstone" won at the box office, the movie "Wyatt Earp" is a much deeper, more accurate depiction of Earp and his life. Kevin Costner's transformation from an idealistic youth to a hardened individual is explained in depth. While he had a definite sense of right and wrong, there are also shades of how the lines between upholding the law and seeking vengence become blurred for Earp. Without question, Dennis Quaid's portrayal of Doc Holliday is memorable. Quaid lost a lot of weight to play the tuberculosis afflicted / alcholoic character and at first, it's hard to believe it's him. He plays the role as if the only thing he has left to live for is his loyalty to Wyatt, and pulls it off great. I remember years ago touring Tombstone, Arizona and the guide tellling us of the two films, this one was the most historically accurate. It's 3 plus hours run time make it a perfect film for a rainy day.
An underappreciated masterpiece!
"Wyatt Earp" is a grand, beautiful picture about one of the most famous lawmen of all time. Kevin Costner turns in one of his finest performances as the title character, as do Gene Hackman, Mark Harmon, and Dennis Quaid. The film chronicles Wyatt's whole life, and not just the gunfights that have been focused on in so many other films about the man. While this film does last more than three hours, the story engages the whole time, showing what made Wyatt Earp one of the fiercest law enforcers of the old west. It was very interesting to see what made Wyatt Earp the man he was before we meet him on the dusty streets of Tombstone, Arizona. Speaking of Tombstone, "Wyatt Earp" had the misfortune of following "Tombstone," into the theaters and was quickly disregarded by most critics and moviegoers, which is a real shame. "Tombstone" focused more on intense violence, with very little character explorations to show what was going on between the gunfights. Nonetheless, "Tombstone" was a boxoffice hit, making the comparison between it and "Wyatt Earp" inevitable. Even so, the two films couldn't be anymore unalike even despite having the same main character. "Tombstone" is a straight forward action movie, while "Wyatt Earp" is an epic character study. In many ways, "Wyatt Earp" reminds me of the classic television mini-series of the 80's, such as "Lonesome Dove," and another classic Costner western, "Dances with Wolves." If you enjoy large, beautiful movies, without a fear of actually thinking a bit, "Wyatt Earp" is the western for you.
The Best Wyatt Earp Movie
This is by far the best of all the movies about Wyatt Earp. Starts with his childhood, tells about all aspects of his life.
- Genre: Western
- Released: 1994
- © 1994 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.