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The west runs wild in Lawrence Kasdan's Wyatt Earp, but did we really need so much gunslinging action?

Wyatt Earp (1994)

Director: Lawrence Kasdan

Entertainment grade: D–

History grade: B

Wyatt Earp was a legendary wild west lawman. He is remembered particularly for his role in the 1881 gunfight at the Ok Corral.


Trainee lawyer Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner) marries his sweetheart, Urilla Sutherland. Historians know almost nothing about her, so the lovey-dovey perfect marriage shown here is mostly made up. It is true that she died the following year, though the film shows her at a middling stage of pregnancy and claims typhoid fever as the cause. In real life, she was ill, but may have died in childbirth. Devastated, Earp sits on his front lawn and drinks most of a bottle of booze. Then he makes the rest into a Molotov cocktail and lobs it through his own »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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