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Wyatt Earp (1994)

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The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.

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Lawrence Kasdan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Wyatt Earp
Dennis Quaid ... Doc Holliday
Gene Hackman ... Nicholas Earp
David Andrews ... James Earp
Linden Ashby ... Morgan Earp
Jeff Fahey ... Ike Clanton
Joanna Going ... Josie Marcus
Mark Harmon ... Sheriff Johnny Behan
Michael Madsen ... Virgil Earp
Catherine O'Hara ... Allie Earp
Bill Pullman ... Ed Masterson
Isabella Rossellini ... Big Nose Kate
Tom Sizemore ... Bat Masterson
JoBeth Williams ... Bessie Earp
Mare Winningham ... Mattie Blaylock
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Storyline

Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family. The movie shows us the good times and the bad times of one of the West's most famous individuals. Written by Jimmy Anderson <jimmy@wnm.net>

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The epic story of love and adventure in a lawless land.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for strong gunfights, some language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wyatt Earp - Das Leben einer Legende See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$63,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,543,504, 24 June 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,052,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,952,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of two 1994's releases starring Kevin Costner and Mare Winningham. They also appeared in The War (1994). See more »

Goofs

Wyatt Earp did not carry a Colt Peacemaker or use a conventional holster rig at the OK Corral. His preferred weapon was a Smith & Wesson American .44 (nickel plated and scroll engraved), which he carried in a holster hidden in a pocket of his full-length overcoat. See more »

Quotes

Doc Holliday: Do you believe in friendship, Wyatt Earp?
Wyatt Earp: [nods head silently]
Doc Holliday: So do I. Do you have many friends?
Wyatt Earp: [shakes head 'no' silently]
Doc Holliday: Neither do I.
[indicates Shanssey]
Doc Holliday: John here has been a good friend to me when many others would not. *Dave Rutabagh* is an ignorant scoundrel! I disapprove of his very existence. I considered ending it myself on several occasions, but... self-control always got the better of me.
[takes a slug of whiskey]
Doc Holliday: Besides, I'm a sporting man. I'm not a killer.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the USA, Wyatt Earp was also Released on LaserDisc and VHS Expanded Edition. Both had a Running Time of 212 Minutes (3Hrs 32 Minutes) See more »

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Kasdan and Costner's Lyrical, yet Uneven Western...
28 August 2003 | by cariartSee all my reviews

WYATT EARP, the second of the epic films about the legendary lawman released between 1993-94, lacked the commercial values that made TOMBSTONE successful, but was a far riskier film, with higher aspirations. Writer/Director Lawrence Kasdan, whose previous Western, SILVERADO (1985), had paid homage to Hollywood's Western clichés, wanted, with WYATT EARP, to cut through the myths, and create a film that would honestly examine an all-too-human Earp's life in the 'real' West, set against vistas of that were nearly overpowering in their immense size and beauty. Unfortunately, the result was a mixed bag; while the film is beautiful to look at (with one of the most majestic film scores of recent years, composed by James Newton Howard), the characters (with the exception of Dennis Quaid's 'Doc Holiday') lack charisma, with Kevin Costner's portrayal of Earp so flat that it is difficult to arouse much interest in him (it would be nearly ten years before he finally 'got it right', in OPEN RANGE). The film ultimately comes across as overblown and overlong, with it's memorable moments nearly lost amid panoramic views of the West.

I still think, however, that WYATT EARP has a few redeeming qualities which make it worth viewing. Foremost is Dennis Quaid, giving the performance of a lifetime as the dying Doc Holiday. The actor lost over forty pounds to play the role, and is physically the closest in appearance to the dentist-turned-gambler/gunfighter of all the actors who have ever portrayed him. Gaunt, dripping sarcasm with a Southern accent between hacking tubercular coughs, Quaid seizes each scene he's in, and certainly deserved Oscar consideration. It is ironic that his performance had to follow TOMBSTONE's flamboyant 'Doc', Val Kilmer, who created such an over-the-top, audience-friendly character, that Quaid's more realistic portrayal would be forgotten.

Another reason to watch WYATT EARP is it's presentation of the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, and it's aftermath. With the exception of John Sturges' HOUR OF THE GUN, no Westerns before TOMBSTONE and WYATT EARP had told the full story of the events, from the brief but deadly shootout, through the subsequent murder trial against the Earps, and Ike Clanton's vengeance, afterwards, resulting in Morgan Earp's murder, and Virgil Earp being crippled for life. Wyatt's bloody vendetta against Clanton and his allies was a grim reminder of 'frontier justice' and his ruthlessness even appalled Doc Holliday. The film doesn't attempt to gloss over or glorify Earp's actions, but does try to explain it, as an obligation to his family, who were the cornerstone of his life. Unfortunately, it took WYATT EARP nearly two hours to finally reach Tombstone, by which time audiences were fidgeting in their seats!

Uneven, but at times powerful, WYATT EARP was a major box office failure when released, and it never achieved the 'Classic' stature TOMBSTONE has, over the years. But it isn't a bad film, and Kasdan should be credited for his willingness to take an original look at a Western legend. It will be interesting to hear his comments, if a 'Director's Cut' DVD is ever released!


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