Wyatt Earp (1994)
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Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, this epic version of the legendary western sheriff-gunslinger's life story stars Kevin Costner as Earp, who lived from 1848 to 1929. Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Earp tries to run away to join the Union Army in the Civil War, but he is turned away because of his youth. Instead, he studies law and marries Urilla Sutherland (Annabeth Gish). But Urilla dies of typhoid fever before they can have children. Earp grows despondent and descends into drinking and petty
Jun 24, 1994 Wide
May 18, 2004
Warner Home Video
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Though handsome to look at (cinematography is by Owen Roizman), the movie is overlong, stately, and too detailed for its own good; director Kasdan claims his version if more accurate, which may be true, but it doesn't make for a good picture.
A great Western that was unfairly disparaged back in 1994. The authentic Wyatt Earp is actually a much-better film than the pulpier, more-popular Tombstone.
Costner's still shouting, but it's hard to hear him from all the way back there in 1940.
Well-meaning western yarn starring Costner in the title role but it's too slow-moving and uneven to digest as anything riveting regarding the Wild West. Kasdan's Wyatt Earp definitely ends up shoots blanks
Bloated and unexciting, but Quaid is tremendous
Turgid and painfully poker-faced, though Dennis Quaid's Doc Holliday is as good as anyone's
"Tombstone" did it better, but
A parabolic sagebrush saga about this legendary figure in the Wild West.
Beautifully shot and impressively directed, it's an ambitious Western in the classic mold, the kind of film that rarely gets made anymore.
Audience Reviews for Wyatt Earp
- Morgan Earp: I say that we just kill 'em all.
- Doc Holliday: You know, Morg. Wyatt is my friend, but I believe that I'm beginning to love you.
- Mattie Blaylock: Go back to your Jew whore.
- Doc Holliday: All of you can kiss my rebel dick.
- Doc Holliday: Wyatt Earp? I've heard that name before. Don't know where, but it wasn't good.
- Wyatt Earp: Wyatt, you're still a marshal around here, aren't you?
- Doc Holliday: Sure. But now he's gonna be a marshal and an outlaw. Best of both worlds, son.
- Bessie Earp: We are your wives. Don't we ever count more than the damn brothers?
- Wyatt Earp: No, Bessie, you don't. Wives come and go, that's the plan truth of it. They run off. They die.
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