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

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Blake Edwards

Writers:

Rod Amateau (story), Blake Edwards (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Tom Mix
James Garner ... Wyatt Earp
Malcolm McDowell ... Alfie Alperin
Mariel Hemingway ... Cheryl King
Kathleen Quinlan ... Nancy Shoemaker
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Victoria Alperin
Patricia Hodge ... Christina Alperin
Richard Bradford ... Captain Blackworth
M. Emmet Walsh ... Chief Marvin Dibner
Joe Dallesandro ... Dutch Kieffer
Andreas Katsulas ... Arthur
Dann Florek ... Marty Goldberg
Bill Marcus Bill Marcus ... Hal Flynn
Michael C. Gwynne ... Mooch
Dermot Mulroney ... Michael Alperin
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Storyline

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 <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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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.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catalina See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,594,452
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Only partially a comedy, the movie was released in 1988 on the heels of two western spoofs launched in 1985. They were Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985) and Lust in the Dust (1985). See more »

Goofs

Wyatt Earp died before the 1929 Academy Awards ceremonies took place. See more »

Quotes

Tom Mix: I fell in love with a beautiful woman who believed a man was not a complete lover unless he knew how to tango.
Cheryl King, Owner of Candy Store: She didn't give you much choice.
Tom Mix: I took lessons for years.
Wyatt Earp: And what was this young lady's vocation?
Tom Mix: She was a tango instructor.
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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 »

Connections

References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Black And Tan Fantasy
Performed by Duke Ellington and the Duke Ellington Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Outstanding Buddy Movie; Willis and Garner are great!
22 January 2002 | by alancoSee all my reviews

The Casting for the movie was very good, and the theme, two gunfighters, one a TV actor (but a former roustabout) and the other a famous old west lawman, solve a murder. They had never met, but became very good friends. Mariel Hemmingway also has a big part. I believe that the ratings for this movie vary between city people, who are easily bored, and rural people who want character development and feeling between characters. I believe the vote for the movie would be a "ten" if rural people only voted, and a 5 from city dwellers. This is the type of movie that would bring me to a theatre (where I haven't treaded for over 15 years). Plot good, complex murder, great character development, good action, very satisfying. Garner and Willis both excellent and very likeable and believeable. It is a "ten" in my book.


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