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A young man (Cruise) leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter (Kidman) after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big giveaway in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When ... See full summary »
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Tombstone (1993) was being filmed at the same time nearby, and bought up most of the period clothing in the region. Clothing had to be imported from Europe, delaying production. See more »
At the end of the film, Wyatt and Josephine arrive in Alaska on board a ship, and Wyatt makes a comment about there being "gold up in those mountains." While Wyatt did live in Nome, Alaska for two years around 1898, they are obviously not in the Nome area in the film. There are no trees anywhere within eyesight of Nome, and there are no high snow-capped mountains anywhere near Nome either. The geography looks like it could be in another part of Alaska, but definitely not Nome. Also, the gold in the Nome area was gold dust from the ocean which drifted onto the beach, not in the mountains. See more »
Wyatt, you're still a marshal around here, aren't you?
Sure. But now he's going to be a marshal and an outlaw. Best of both worlds, son.
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"Wyat Earp" had the misfortune to be released not long after the classic "Tombstone," which told the same story. Nevertheless, "Wyat Earp" is a laudable effort and well worth the time to sit through its three hours and fifteen minutes running time.
The performances were uniformly good, with a skeletal Dennis Quade particularly fine as the doomed Doc Holliday. In fact, I thought that Quade's funny and moving performance as Doc Holliday was in the same class as Val Kilmer's portrayal of the same character in "Tombstone." The women playing the Earp wives, Catherine O'Hara, JoBeth Williams, Mare Winningham, and Betty Buckley, were also very effective. The beautiful Joanna Going was a pleasure to watch as Josie Marcus, the woman who Wyat Earp spent the last 47 years of his life with. Unfortunately, her acting skills did not match her beauty.
The thing that makes the film rise above the mediocre to me is its stunning visual and aural beauty. Its 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is world class, and its outdoor photography is evocative.
Recommended, 7 out of 10.
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