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Wild Bill (1995)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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Maverick writer-director Walter Hill's version of the famous Wild Bill Hickok legend is a dreamscape western that is told entirely in flashback. Hickok's friend Charley Prince (John Hurt) narrates the events of Wild Bill's life while sitting at Bill's graveside. Hickok is played by Jeff Bridges as a mean, high-spirited, but gallant outlaw. He wanders the West, adding to his reputation with some well-chosen gunfights, and he meets up with characters such as Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), who

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Western, Drama, Action & Adventure

Peter Dexter, Thomas Babe

Mar 20, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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The movie itself is a lot of deadwood in the competitive holiday season.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Interesting take on Wild Bill Hickock, again mixing more fable with his real life.

November 4, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A rare Walter Hill movie that just didn't work for me.

February 18, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

A Hot, Adrenaline-Pumping Western...Barkin is blistering!

March 4, 2004
Moviehole

A tedious, confusing, and dismal account of the historical figure.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

The characters are interesting as caricature, but not as real people. There is no one in the show that the audience cares whether they live or die.

September 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Jeff Bridges gives a bravura performance as the legendary gunslinger at the end of his days.

April 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Wild Bill

Jeff Bridges as both the advertised legend and as the very tired soul behind the advertising, sick of whole production even as he keeps the fires stoked. Ellen Barkin and John Hurt ably fill in as seconds, all of us simply waiting for the drama to draw to its infamous closing moments, which flaws a generally interesting take on living with fame.
May 14, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

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The story of 19th century gunslinger Wild Bill, convincingly played by Jeff Bridges, starts with a few episodes of his most curious shootouts, then focuses on his last weeks in the city of Deadwood, surrounded by friends and enemies. While the details differ from the first Season of the HBO show ?Deadwood?, which dealt with the same situation (ironically with Keith Carradine as Wild Bill, who is playing a small role as Buffalo Bill in this film), the scene of a dirty town full of scoundrels remains the same. Dazed by opium pipes and thinking of the past Wild Bill seems to be indifferent to possible threats, despite of his friends' warnings. The movie combines a cast of great names down to rather small roles, gritty shootouts and a realistic scenery, like most Walter Hill Westerns. Which one of the two features, movie or TV show, painted a more accurate image of the late hero remains uncertain, but both are worth seeing for their actor performances.
December 16, 2008
ironclad1609

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Unfortunately a dull effort from Bridges who seems to be willing to play a caricature in order to get an easy paycheque. The supporting cast which has a bunch of talented actors seems to fall into line with Bridges. Get in, have some fun dressing up like coyboys and then get out.
January 11, 2013
John Ballantine

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