Tom Mix and Wyatt Earp team up to solve a murder at the Academy Awards in 1929 Hollywood.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl King
Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards ...
Victoria Alperin
Christina Alperin
Captain Blackworth
Chief Marvin Dibner
Dutch Kieffer
Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus ...
Hal Flynn
Michael Alperin


Whilst making a silent film about the life of the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, veteran actor 'Tom Mix' (Bruce Willis) discovers that the real Earp ('James Garner') is on the film set as a technical advisor. The two become friends, but when a murder takes place, the two become partners and set about tracking down the killer. Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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They broke every rule, loved every woman, took every risk and solved the most shocking murder in the history of Beverly Hills. And it's all true. Give or take a lie or two.


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Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catalina  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,594,452 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In the movie Wyatt Earp (James Garner says that Calamity Jane's real name was Mary Jane Cannary but in reality her first name was not Mary but Martha. See more »


In the beginning, when the stage coach is being chased, there are modern power lines in the back ground. See more »


Wyatt Earp: Martha Jane Canary was a dear and selfless woman, but she looked like an unmade bed. This young lady's far to pretty.
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Crazy Credits

The final frame of the picture freezes, and the following text appears: "And this is how it really happened. Give or take a lie or two." See more »


Spoofs Hour of the Gun (1967) See more »


Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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a fun romp teaming Bruce Willis and James Garner
28 April 2005 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

This is an enjoyable film giving us a glimpse into the Golden Age of Hollywood. This movie teams up Bruce Willis as Tom Mix and James Garner as Wyatt Earp. The running gag of it's the truth..."give or take a lie or two." This movies runs the gamut from comedy with a wink to a serious side story containing masochism and murder.

Willis shows off his skills with trick riding and tango dancing. Garner has the sidekick role and holds his own even having his own romantic interest. The women are strong but dependent. We have car chases, riding to the rescue both by taxi and on horseback. There is a brothel with a true Hollywood touch. We even see one of the first Acedemy Award ceremonies. All in all a nice entertaining movie.

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