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Gunfighters of the Old West (1992)

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This documentary traces the history of many of the Old-West's most notorious gunfighters and describes some of the most famous shootouts, including the James/Younger gang's bungled ... See full summary »

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This documentary traces the history of many of the Old-West's most notorious gunfighters and describes some of the most famous shootouts, including the James/Younger gang's bungled Northfield Minnesota bank robbery, the Daltons' attempt to rob two banks simultaneously and the carnage that resulted and the Earps and Clanton gang's shootout in Tombstone, Arizona. The film uses historical accounts, photographs from the period as well as film clips from Western movies depicting the historical events. Written by David Bassler

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Very Uneven Factual Documentary
23 December 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There's nothing wrong with the narration and it sticks pretty close to what did actually happen and not the myths that surround the characters featured. But it left a lot to be desired in the accompanying pictures. Too much of the same photo or photos as background to different accounts. Of course,there isn't a lot of actual photos from the real events but seeing the same pictures over and over again,did get rather annoying after a while. Also the use of footage from old western films,in particular, 'The Left-Handed Gun,When the Daltons Rode and I Shot Jesse James,' among others,is somewhat irritating too. Why use the footage to illustrate the factual accounts when the films themselves didn't stick too close to the facts? Of course,the answer is money,easier to use old film footage than make new ones recreating the events.

Thus,it gives this documentary a thrown together feel and while it's quite watchable,I'm sure there have been much better ones made.


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