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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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Katie Elder
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Michael Witney ...
Ike Clanton (as Mike Witney)
Denver John Collins ...
The Kid
Dan Greenburg ...
Clum
John Scanlon ...
Bartlett
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John Bottoms ...
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Morgan Earp (as Phil Shafer)
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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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When playing a card game, Doc bets his horse against Kate. When Doc shuffles the cards, he lays them on the table for Ike to cut. Ike cuts the deck to Doc's left. The camera angle when Doc picks up the cards, is from behind him and Doc picks the cards on the left and puts them back on the deck the way they were before Ike cut them. See more »

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

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What's Up, Doc?
17 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Before the duelling biopics of "Tombstone" and "Wyatt Earp" in the

1990's, this 1971 effort had already decided to set the record

straight about John "Doc" Holliday, Earp's best friend and

participant in the gunfight at the OK Corral.

Just over an hour and a half, this film skips a lot of the epic

western cliches and goes right into its meaty story. Doc Holliday

buys prostitute Katie Elder (Faye Dunaway) from local bad boy Ike

Clanton, and takes her to Tombstone, Arizona. He meets up with

his best friend Wyatt Earp, played by Harris Yulin. Earp has

political aspirations in the territory, and wants to control the law

while Holliday would control the gambling. Elder and Holliday

break up briefly, but then shack up on the edge of town, much to

the chagrin of Earp's upstanding wife.

A young Clanton hand, known as the Kid, decides to be just like

Holliday, gun fighting and all. Soon, a stage is held up and the

Clantons are accused. Earp makes a deal with Clanton to

exchange the reward money for the Kid, but Holliday bails him out

instead. Earp and Holliday begin drifting apart, both over Elder and

law enforcement, but become friends again in time for the

climactic shootout in the infamous corral, resulting in the deaths of

some major characters.

A few scenes are played a little too quietly, and move a little too

slowly. The real success here is with the lead actors,

professionals all. Stacy Keach is excellent as a Doc Holliday we

have never seen before. His physical moves are smooth and

suave, like a professional gambler should be, and Keach takes us

along on an acting job that looks effortless on his part.

Faye Dunaway is Katie Elder, the lifelong prostitute who finds it

hard to change herself just to please everyone else's idea of what

a couple should be. Dunaway is unglamorous, and never trips into

the "hooker with a heart of gold" stereotype. Harris Yulin, who is

better known as a character actor today, is great as Wyatt Earp. He

is mean, delivering threatening lines with menace, and also not a

clearcut hero. His speech to the crowd after the gunfight, as he

stands near his brother's body and renews his promise to clean

up Tombstone, is great.

Aside from a couple of slow spots and spotty editing, "Doc" is a

terrific and underrated western that deserves a cult audience. I

highly recommend it.

This is rated (PG) for physical violence, gun violence, mild gore,

some profanity, and sexual references.


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