The early career of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickock is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane.

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Wild Bill Hickok, famed lawman and gunman of the Old West, is haunted by his past and his reputation. He is loved by, but cannot love, Calamity Jane. Dogging his trail is young Jack McCall, who blames Bill for abandoning the boy's mother and destroying her life. McCall has sworn to kill Bill, and Bill's ghosts, his failing eyesight, and his fondness for opium may make McCall's task easier. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,167,808 (USA)
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Peter Dexter wrote a script based on his novel which was sent to Barry Levinson and Sydney Pollack before going to Walter Hill. See more »

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In the big stable shootout, Wild Bill gets off more than 16 shots out of two colts. See more »

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Carl Mann: What kind of whiskey do you favor?
James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok: Carl, I prefer it in a glass. Other than that, it's all good.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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That's the spirit!
13 September 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

"The hardest steel is forged in the hottest fires..." The Wild West in the years following The Civil War must've been very close to the West as Walter Hill envisions it here; if not in fact, then most certainly in tone. Life was cheap: pick up any one of the magazines or books devoted to same and take a gander at the bodies on display in storefronts and on boardwalks (or laid out in the sun, or dangling from the limbs of trees). The man who walked away from a gunfight was the man who got there first with the most. He what hesitated, was lost. Jeff Bridges as WILD BILL is a man with a hair-trigger; he HAD to be. (Otherwise, he would've been BELLY-UP BILL, and a lot less interesting.) He literally fights- with fists or with guns- at the drop of a hat. Not the kind of man you take lightly. He drowns his sorrows in booze and pipes and the black and white flashbacks (with the camera canted just enough to suggest an off-kilter dream state) are great. See this one because you like hard-hitting, no-nonsense westerns or because you prefer superior craftsmanship- but SEE it; to miss it would be to pass up one of the finest westerns to ever come thunderin' down the trail.


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