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'Doc' (1971)

R | | Western | August 1971 (USA)
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 »

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Ike Clanton (as Mike Witney)
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The Kid
Dan Greenburg ...
Clum
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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

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Gambled for a living. Killed for a hobby. Spent seven years dying and made damn sure he didn't go alone. See more »

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The film takes place in 1881. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Doc Holliday: How old are you?
The Kid: I'm eighteen.
Doc Holliday: What are you going to do with your life? Don't you have any ambition?
The Kid: Yes, Mr. Holliday, I want to be like you.
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Referenced in One Pair of Eyes: Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles (1972) See more »

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Good but depressing
2 March 2003 | by (Pittsburgh) – See all my reviews

The best thing about this film is the first half hour, the classic posturing in the first scene ("We ain't got no cold beer"), Doc and Kate Elder's damaged courtship, a stark, music-less ride across scorching desert. The first glimpse of Tombstone (the town, not the movie) is equally exhilarating, everything is dirty and chaotic, men are fighting in the streets. From that point on, much of the film is boring and slow, though there was enough to hold my attention throughout. Seeing how the story will unfold is the most riveting aspect. The ending is satisfying enough, as is the script's odd take on how and why Doc wound up in the fateful gunfight at the coral. The performances are good all around. It warrants mentioning here that this movie is no more historically accurate than other films on the subject. Two major inconsistencies were already mentioned, and most historians' and witnesses' accounts have Doc playing a much more active role in events leading up to the fight. The overall feel of the film, though, is much more believable than your average Hollywood western. That's probably the most satisfying thing here next to the cast: the physical details, the look and feel. Just pretend the characters are all made up. And don't watch it if you're already in a bad mood.


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