Wyatt Earp

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Warner Bros. Released 1994

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Director:
Lawrence Kasdan
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG-13

Wyatt Earp is a sprawling western epic chronicling the amazing life of the heroic figure. After his wife dies, Wyatt Earp, a constable with the Arkansas police force, hits the bottle and drunkenly roams the streets in search of handouts to buy another shot of whiskey. When one potential benefactor agrees to personally buy him a meal rather than give him cash to buy booze, Earp takes offense and beats the man senseless before taking his money and his horse. Earp finds redemption, of course, but only after his father buys his son's way out of jail and instructs him to turn his back on Arkansas forever. In Wichita, Earp barely makes a living as a skinner but when a local bad boy acts up, striking fear in the heart of the lawman in town, Earp takes charge, apprehends the unruly one and is offered the job of deputy which he accepts. So distinguished is his service that word spreads concerning his peacekeeping skills, and soon Earp is the marshal of Dodge City, Kansas, a rip-roaring town in which he is introduced to his ally and friend, Doc Holliday.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Impressive but uninviting, Wyatt Earp is easier to admire from a distance than pull up a chair and enjoy close-up. A self-conscious attempt at epic filmmaking that feels orchestrat...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's a rambling, unfocused biography of Wyatt Earp, starting when he's a kid and following his development from an awkward would-be lawyer into a slick gunslinger. This is a long j...

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    If you're going to ask an audience to sit through a three-hour, nine-minute rendition of an oft-told story, it would help to have a strong point of view on your material and an urg...

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