Story of a young Wyatt Earp before he became a lawman. When someone important to him is killed he sets out to find the one responsible. He is joined by some friends among whom are Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday.
Old Wyatt Earp grumpily receives in a San Francisco luxury hotel suite petty Kansas newspaper reporter Conrad, who inquires about the reason for the special edition Colt he and some fellow lawmen received from the manufacturer. He gets the story of the accidental shooting of actress Dora at Dodge City, who slept in the house of the targeted mayor. Marshall Wyatt Earp and sheriff Bat Masterson braved the unwilling judge's ultimatum to set chase to murderer James 'Spike' Kenedy, like his kid brother Sam nearly untouchable son of rich, powerful rancher Mifflin Kenedy. They build a, elite posse, including Indian-raised scout Bill Tilghman, while Spike murders even a devout rancher who offered generous hospitality and builds his own trigger happy gang. Sam is caught as bait and virtually tortured by dentist Doc Holliday. A bloody shootout is inevitable.Written by
The film's basic story is based on truth. There was indeed a relatively-famous actress named Dora Hand who was accidentally killed by troublemaker James "Spike" Kenedy in Dodge City while asleep in the place of Kenedy's real target, Mayor James "Dog" Kelley in 1878. Wyatt Earp, Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson, Charles "Charlie" Bassett, and William "Bill" Tilghman tracked down and arrested Spike on the day after his murder of Hand, and brought him back for trial. In the end, however, Spike was acquitted for lack of evidence with the help of his influential father Mifflin and went free. Spike died in 1884. See more »
Ned Buntline tells Earp and his friends that he personally asked Samuel Colt to build the customized revolvers he is giving them. However, the story takes place in 1878, while Samuel Colt died in 1862. See more »
You have to understand the War Between the States. The war formed us, made us who we are. After killing your own cousins, your own brothers, killing strangers meant nothin'. Lawless times followed those long dark years.
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I first learned of this movie when finding a DVD copy of it in my local Wal-Mart's $5 DVD bin. Now, I love westerns, and I was tempted to buy it since it was a western and cheap. But then I remembered that Val Kilmer in recent years has said yes to numerous junky projects. So I ultimately decided not to buy it. But today I watched it after it appeared on a movie TV channel, and boy, am I glad I didn't buy it all those months ago. To begin with, the movie is a cheat. Though Val Kilmer's name is trumpeted, in fact he only has about seven to ten minutes of footage in the entire movie. Which is just as well, because the combination of his uninspired acting plus his strangely puffy face doesn't exactly make him interesting to observe. Actually, the rest of the cast is pretty awful as well. They give "modern" performances despite the bulk of the movie taking place in the 1800s, and none of their characters come across in a compelling way. The surroundings are shabby as well - there's not that much action, with the movie mostly being conversations, none of which sounds very interesting. And the movie looks real cheap, from the unconvincing sets to unspectacular countryside. Whether you are a Kilmer fan and/or a western fan, more likely than not you'll find this movie to be really poor and not worth any attention.
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