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Hour of the Gun -- James Garner plays legendary Wyatt Earp in director John Sturges' hard-hitting, historically accurate account of the famed Tombstone gunfight's bloody aftermath.  Jon Voight makes his film debut.


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1967 (UK) See more »
Wyatt Earp - hero with a badge or cold-blooded killer? See more »
Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday. | Add synopsis »
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Could have been much darker and better but was still a solid enough western See more (37 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Garner ... Wyatt Earp

Jason Robards ... Doc Holliday

Robert Ryan ... Ike Clanton

Albert Salmi ... Octavius Roy

Charles Aidman ... Horace Sullivan
Steve Ihnat ... Andy Warshaw

Michael Tolan ... Pete Spence

William Windom ... Texas Jack Vermillion
Lonny Chapman ... Turkey Creek Johnson
Larry Gates ... John P. Clum

William Schallert ... Herman Spicer
Bill Fletcher ... Jimmy Bryan

Karl Swenson ... Dr. Charles Goodfellow
Austin Willis ... Anson Safford

Monte Markham ... Sherman McMasters

Richard Bull ... Thomas Fitch

Sam Melville ... Morgan Earp
Frank Converse ... Virgil Earp

Jon Voight ... Curly Bill Brocius
Robert Phillips ... Frank Stilwell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Anhalt ... Denver Doctor (uncredited)
Walter Gregg ... Billy Clanton (uncredited)
David Perna ... Frank McLowery (uncredited)
Jorge Russek ... Deputy Latigo (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard ... Tom McLowery (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Edward Anhalt (written by)

Produced by
John Sturges .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra  (as Alfred C. Ybarra)
Set Decoration by
Rafael Suárez  (as Rafael Suarez)
Makeup Department
Charles Blackman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Jack Lacey .... unit production manager
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas J. Schmidt .... assistant director
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property
William Maldonado .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Jesús González Gancy .... sound (as Jesus Gonzalez Gancy)
Frank E. Warner .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs .... stunts (uncredited)
David Perna .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Terry K. Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gordon T. Dawson .... wardrobe (as Gordon Dawson)
Editorial Department
Jorge Azcárate .... assistant editor (as Jorge Azcarate)
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2007) (2014) | West Germany:12

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The real Wyatt Earp was 3 years older than Doctor John Holiday. James Garner who played Wyatt here, was 6 years younger than Jason Robards who played Doc.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: About 67 minutes in, when Wyatt Earp shoots the bottle of whisky, recently purchased and wrapped in brown paper, that Doc Holliday carries, the sound is of an empty bottle shattering, not a full one. Also, such a shot would make the bottle explode with considerable force, yet there is no trace of liquid or any shards of glass to be found anywhere.See more »
[first lines]
[The Earps and Doc Holliday approach the O.K. Corral]
Wyatt Earp (Tombstone city marshal:Ike Clanton, Andy Warshaw, Latigo, Curly Joe Brocious... Who's in the corral, Virg?
Marshal Virgil Earp:Billy Clanton and the McLowerys.
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Could have been much darker and better but was still a solid enough western, 11 December 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After the shoot out at the OK Corral, Ike Clanton brides officials to start legal proceedings against Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday for the murder of his brother. The judge weighs up the evidence and spots some contradictions in key parts of the prosecution case and thus acquits Earp and Holliday and rules the shoot out was part of them fulfilling their duties as lawmen. Unsatisfied with this ruling, Clanton gets a couple of his men to kill Wyatt's brothers setting the law man on a quest to bring Clanton in – but is he seeking justice or revenge? I had never heard of this film until recently but I decided to give it a try when I read it was a sequel to OK Corral. In essence it is a rather old-fashioned western but it has a nice mean air to it that I found complimented the material. The plot is simple though and it never gets to grips with the darker side of the legends of Wyatt and Doc; perhaps because it was Sturges that directed but I would lie to see the film as it would have been made when The Wild Bunch turned the western genre on its head. Because here the focus is the story where really it needed to be on Wyatt the man as he loses touch with the lawman and starts to resemble much more of a driven revenge figure. It is a shame that the film doesn't go deeper into this but as it is it is still an enjoyable western that does what it does well enough for genre fans.

The cast are good despite not having anyone carried over from the first film. Garner does make for a mean Wyatt and even if the material doesn't go deep, Garner's eyes show that he understands what he is doing. Robards is enjoyable as Holliday and has one of the film's best dialogue scenes when he confronts the man he once looked up to. Ryan isn't as key as I had hoped and the narrative keeps him to the side for the majority of the film. The support cast are mainly good enough for the genre but it is Garner and Robards who dominate the whole thing.

Overall this is a solid and enjoyable period western. The dark revenge and hatred within Wyatt is hinted at but it is only really Garner who seems to want to really bring it out of his character as the film only toys with it while staying in firmly old-fashioned territory. Could have been a lot more interesting then but still manages to be an enjoyable western for fans of the genre as it was before changing in the late sixties.

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