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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

Adam Baldwin had previously worked with composer James Newton Howard's younger brother Arliss Howard on Full Metal Jacket (1987). See more »

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During the opening view of the cornfield, you can clearly see a large curved track in the field. It was caused by a Circle Pivot irrigation system, which did not exist in 1863. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Johnny Behan: I've been getting everything ready so we could be married!
Josie Marcus: [packing her belongings as she talks] You've been saying that since the 1st night you saw me in the show, but it never came to pass, and now it never will. I'm not mad Johnny. I think I knew about you, the minute I met you. Besides it wouldn't be right for me to marry you anyways.
Sheriff Johnny Behan: Why not?
Josie Marcus: Well, it's not that I don't love you, I don't even like you.
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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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A very misunderstood and under-appreciated film
2 July 2004 | by more_tonesSee all my reviews

"Nothing counts more than blood... the rest are just strangers," speaks Wyatt's father at the beginning of the film--the most important line perhaps in the movie, with the exception of Wyatt's own at the end "Some say it didn't happen that way," commenting upon a flashback recounting his brand of law and justice in the wild cattle town of Dodge City.

I wholeheartedly admit the film is long--but so are many other great films. I also admit that it is not the shoot 'em up Tombstone is, but this film is a far greater one, a character study of a man whose innocence is laid to rest by the harsh wilderness of both the American West and human nature. By the end of this movie, Wyatt is a used up and bitter man, and I would argue that this film was never meant to be a heroic portrayal of an individual, only a dark and complicated one. It reminds me thus of the greatest of character portrayals, Raging Bull--though I'm sure the parallel isn't obvious.

I probably am more forgiving of this film since I like Westerns, dark dramatic stories, and admittedly uneven plots, because the characters usually are so great in them. This one is no different, and was likely made for a viewer like me, and not the mainstream audience.

It's very ambitious, and successful, I believe, on its artistic merits. Whether it's "entertainment" for the masses, well that's another story altogether, and that story's name is probably "Tombstone."


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