Wyatt Earp

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Plot

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.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.5/10 (19,377 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director:
Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman

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.

Writers: Dan Gordon, Lawrence Kasdan

Cast:

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

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

Release Date: 24 June 1994

Filming Locations: 777 Ranch, Hermosa, South Dakota, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $63,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,543,504
(USA)
(24 June 1994)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $25,052,000
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


 |
USA:
(extended edition)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Originally conceived as a six-hour mini-series.

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
In the film's first scene, Wyatt is shown sipping coffee in a darkened room. But the heavy cloud of steam coming from the cup indicates that there is no real coffee inside; actual coffee that hot would badly burn his lips if he attempted to drink it.

Quotes:

Wyatt Earp:
Mister, I've been in a really bad mood for the last few years, so I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave me alone.



User Review

Very enjoyable film

Rating:

I've done extensive reading and research on Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday
and this era. With that as a start, let me continue.

The roles of Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp were well-cast and
portrayed. The actors bore reasonable physical resemblance to the real
men. Dennis Quaid as Doc Holliday was superb; I thought his portrayal
was more accurate than that of Val Kilmer in "Tombstone", his
personality and his appearance…. although with friends, Doc Holliday
was a pretty affable gentleman.

The story was a nice story, although there were significant problems
with some of the historical accuracy. First, Morgan and Virgil were NOT
shot on the same night… actually 3 months apart. Things like that
bother me when seeing a supposedly historically accurate film. But what
I considered the weakest part of this movie (and "Tombstone" as well)
was the very incomplete and weak buildup to the gunfight. There was so
much more that happened, so much that affected the relationship between
the good guys and the bad, so much missing that both films almost made
the fight look like a spur of the moment battle… which is far from
factual. What many people don't realize is that Bat Masterson spent
time in Tombstone during this era, although not directly involved in
the "action"; also, Luke Short was a major ally of Wyatt's throughout
this time.

I very much liked that Wyatt's young life was shown… his time as town
constable, his marriage to Urilla Sutherland, her death and his
resulting devastation, his pony stealing in Arkansas… all things that
most folks never realized.

I would very much liked to have seen more of Wyatt's revenge ride and
subsequent deaths and scattering of the Clanton gang. Also, the absence
of any sequence involving the robbery of the Benson stage and the
killing of Bud Philpot and Peter Roehrig is regrettable, as this was a
major factor leading to the battle. Also, as a result of the stage
robbery, we should have seen a sequence regarding Wyatt's agreement
with Ike about turning in the robbers. Finally, how Behan backed out on
his deal with Wyatt regarding the sheriff's office… a major factor in
the animosity between the two men.

Yes… there are many other missing historical incidents that would
have made the film more accurate and real.

Anyone who has an interest in this era should see the film. If you're
not a stickler like I am for total historical accuracy, you should
enjoy the film.