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You Know My Name (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | TV Movie 22 August 1999
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Fact-based biography of early film Producer and Director Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott). Tilghman was a real-life cowboy, who rode with the Earps and faced down countless bad guys. When he ... See full summary »

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Fact-based biography of early film Producer and Director Bill Tilghman (Sam Elliott). Tilghman was a real-life cowboy, who rode with the Earps and faced down countless bad guys. When he turned to films, he was determined to make authentic Westerns, rather than the fake carrying on of Tom Mix and other Western movie stars of the day. The only problem was that no one wanted to see his non-stars in any story. Arliss Howard co-stars as a cocaine-addled law enforcement nemesis of Tighman, who attempts to stop him at every turn. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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America's Last Great Lawman Takes On a New Kind of Outlaw.

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Sam Elliott was fifty-five when this was made. He played the seventy-year-old Tilghman. Carolyn McCormick was forty. She played Tilghman's wife Zoe, who was forty-four. See more »

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At the beginning, when they are raiding the moonshiners, a man in gray gets shot in the back with a shotgun, and falls over a barrel. When the camera angle changes, the same man gets shot in the back again, and falls over the same barrel again. See more »

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Bill Tilghman: I never seen a town I couldn't handle.
Zoe: Well, aren't you just God Almighty!
Bill Tilghman: Oh, now simmer down, Zoe...
Zoe: That's right; I fergot - You rode with th' Earps, partnered with Masterson, captured Cattle Annie and Little Britches, brought in the Wild Bunch - Ye'r Bill Tilghman! You can do anything! Well, I don't need another horse's ass, 'cuz I'm already livin' with one!
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His Last Job In Law Enforcement
9 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's too bad that Sam Elliott didn't come along 20 or 30 years earlier to films. If he had he would never lack for work as a cowboy hero. He's not done too bad in the present day in any event. In You Know My Name he plays one of the west's last genuine heroes from the old days in a new era with little regard for law enforcement which proves to be his undoing.

Bill Tilghman, one of the great frontier marshals of the old west took his last job in law enforcement in Cromwell, Oklahoma in 1924. It was an oil boom town, a wide open town with roughneck money fueling the economy the way the trail hands did back in Tilghman's prime. Now however big city gangsters and their hirelings are running things and even though Prohibition is in the Constitution, that doesn't seem to matter to a thirsty public. It's a world of rumbleseats in flivvers, tommy guns, and bobbed hair on women, Tilghman is out of his time.

He's also got a jurisdictional dispute with Prohibition Federal agent Arliss Howard playing the corrupt T-Man, Wiley Lynn. For all the agents like Eliot Ness, there were more like Wiley Lynn, getting rich on bribes enabling people to flout an unpopular law.

Elliott gives one of his best performances as Bill Tilghman. A weary man who could sit back on his laurels and they were considerable, at the age of 70, yes 70, he goes back to doing the work of a younger man because the younger man are corrupt in a corrupt age. This part was one where Sam Elliott's premature gray hair stood him in good stead.

What you see in You Know My Name is the truth, exactly what happened to Tilghman. I would commend people to read up on Tilghman and find out that this last of the frontier marshals had one glorious career that came to a sad end. This is a wonderful film about a western hero who literally did die with his boots on.


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