One night of 1881, Doc Holliday, a famous poker gambler, enters the 'No Name Saloon'. There, he challenges a man to poker, betting his horse against his opponent's wife. Doc wins and from ... See full summary »




Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

1 win. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, Dorothy Tristan
Rancho Deluxe (1975)
Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two drifters, of widely varying backgrounds, rustle cattle and try to avoid being caught in contemporary Montana.

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston, Elizabeth Ashley
Tobruk (1967)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Nigel Green
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lou Andreas Sand, a once famous model, recalls her past as she tries to make success in the modeling world of New York, her stressfull workdays, her affair with Mark, an advertising ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Barry Primus, Viveca Lindfors
Apache (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation,Massai,an Apache warrior,escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Railroad surveyer Murphy goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way, he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Duryea who helps Murphy only to see how long the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Certificate: M Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in ... See full summary »

Directors: Don Siegel, Robert Totten
Stars: Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O'Connor
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Jill is surprised and angry when her computer-genius boyfriend decides to quit his job in a big company for unclear reasons. But when her children disapear mysteriously and seem to have ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Faye Dunaway, Frank Langella, Barbara Parkins
Drama | Western | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his infidel wife.

Director: Don Medford
Stars: Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1913, in Oklahoma, oil derrick owner Lena Doyle, aided by her father and a hobo, is stubbornly drilling for oil despite the pressure from major oil companies to sell her land.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in 1830's Texas just after the Republic won its independence from Mexico. The Republic's future is in doubt, with various factions and foreign powers hoping to sway matters to their own... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Franco Nero, Anthony Quinn, Pamela Tiffin
Trilogy (1969)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"Miriam": Miss Miller has spent her life as a governess for children in some of the most fashionable homes in New York. She is shocked one day to learn that one of her "babies" is expecting... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry
Stars: Geraldine Page, Donnie Melvin, Lavinia Cassels


Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Elder
Michael Witney ...
Ike Clanton (as Mike Witney)
Denver John Collins ...
The Kid
Dan Greenburg ...
John Scanlon ...
Richard McKenzie ...
John Bottoms ...
Philip Shafer ...
Morgan Earp (as Phil Shafer)
Ferdinand Zogbaum ...
Hedy Sontag ...
James Greene ...
Antonia Rey ...


One night of 1881, Doc Holliday, a famous poker gambler, enters the 'No Name Saloon'. There, he challenges a man to poker, betting his horse against his opponent's wife. Doc wins and from now on, Katie Fisher, also known as Katie Elder, will follow him wherever he goes. Their next destination is Tombstone, where the law is represented by Sheriff Wyatt Earp. When they arrive, the election campaign is in full swing. Earp runs for candidate but the Clantons, a family gang of outlaw cowboys, are not among his keenest supporters. Conflict erupts following the failure of some shadowy bargaining and Doc decides to join Wyatt and his brothers. The four of them gather at the O.K. Corral where the seven Clanton brothers are waiting for them. Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


There has never been a Western like "Doc" See more »




R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

1 August 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doc Holliday  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The scene where Doc is teaching the Kid to shoot, the Kid has a holster with cartridge ammo in the loops. However, the revolver he had was shooting was a black powder, percussion cap fired, Colt 1851 navy type, that does not shoot cartridge ammo. See more »


Clum, Editor Tombstone Epitaph: You're not going to solve anything with a gun.
Wyatt Earp: You'd be surprised the things you can solve with a gun.
See more »


Referenced in One Pair of Eyes: Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Gritty, underrated version of the Holliday/Earp saga
15 December 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

"Doc" (1971) is another cinematic account of the events leading up to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral on October 26, 1881. As the title suggests, this version focuses a little more on Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach) and his woman Kate (Faye Dunaway). Harris Yulin plays Wyatt Earp.

In the 60s and 70s filmmakers rebelled against the unrealistic and even goofy tone of many prior Westerns and focused on something closer to the gritty truth of the Old West. That's what you get with "Doc." Previous film versions made Wyatt out to be a veritable hero, like 1957's "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," where the climatic gunfight went on forever. In reality it only lasted like 30 seconds and this movie shows this. I'm not saying "Doc" is the most accurate portrayal of the events because it's not. Costner's "Wyatt Earp" (1994) comes closest to the truth (so far), but it also takes liberties with the subject. Despite what curmudgeonly critics of "Doc" say – that "it replaces positive lies with negative lies" – it isn't that much different of a take on the subject than Costner's version or 1993's "Tombstone."

The characters of Doc and Kate are roughly the same; the most significant change is that Wyatt is portrayed less positively. And this explains the mass denunciation of "Doc" – people don't like their sacred heroes being maligned. But "Doc" should at least be given credit for being the first film on the topic where these "heroes" are shown closer to who they really were. Forget Burt Lancaster, Henry Fonda, Hugh O'Brian, et al, Yulin is truer to the spirit of Wyatt's intention to clean up the town at all costs, settle some scores, and get rich in the process.

Besides, no film that comes out of Hollywood is accurate. They're all skewed by the times and political persuasions of those involved. "Doc" came out at the tail-end of the Vietnam fiasco where authority figures were no longer trusted and the movie reflects this. It's no different than any other inaccurate Hollywood history lesson (e.g. "My Darling Clementine" and "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) and is actually closer to the truth in some ways. Furthermore, "Doc" isn't a documentary -- none of the films about Earp/Holliday are – they're MOVIES. And this is a well-made, well-acted version of the tale with an interesting outlook and script where Keach and Dunaway are at their best.

Speaking of Keach, Brian Garfield castigated the film in his book "Western Films," denouncing Keach's portrayal of Holliday as "robust" when nothing could be further from the truth. Keach plays Doc as a seriously half-dying man who's not sure what he wants, but is still relatively likable, at least more so than Earp.

As for Doc's unattractive babe, Big-Nose Kate, people criticize that Dunaway was "too glamorous" in the role, but she worked fine for me (besides, I don't remember any of the other film versions casting a homely woman in the role). This brings up something exceptional about "Doc": The dust and dirt on the people – their clothing and faces – smacks of the way it really was in the Old West more-so than previous renditions.

Some people have said that this version makes the Clantons more positive, but I didn't see it. They're depicted as the dirtbag troublemakers they were and the hatred between them and the Earps is palpable. "Doc" takes an evenhanded approach to the material and shows flaws on both sides, but still ends up somewhat siding with Doc and the Earps.

There are some slow parts but the drama kept my interest and memorable parts abound, like Doc & Kate's journey across the desert, Wyatt's confrontation with the Clantons and the ensuing knock-down-drag-out fight with Ike (excellently portrayed by Michael Witney), Doc's rollicking rescue of Kate from a house of ill repute and the dynamic climatic gunfight.

One negative is that the film was shot in Spain and you can always tell the difference between Spain and the American Southwest, but – I have to admit – the locales are excellent and sometimes stunning, like the Clanton ranch.

Final Word: I don't get why this version of the Earp/Holliday saga is so despised and obscure. It's a gritty, engrossing depiction of the events that offers potential insights to the table, although it probably goes too far to the negative with Wyatt. Nevertheless, it smacks of realism (despite its inaccuracies) and is a worthy addition to the myriad cinematic renditions of the famous events.

The film runs 96 minutes.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hey, that's Jack Nicholson! Nozz
Saw this movie 36 years ago ! Halby241
Movie location bevo21515
Discuss 'Doc' (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: