Hour of the Gun


Hour of the Gun

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John Sturges directed this sequel to his Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is more of a melancholy character study than an action Western. The Edward Anhalt screenplay (based on Douglas D. Martin's Tombstone's Epitaph) traces Wyatt Earp's (James Garner) moral decline from a lawman with high ideals to a mean-spirited vigilante bent on personal revenge. Ironically, Doc Holliday (Jason Robards), an admitted lawless gambler, reacts to Earp's vengeful turnabout by becoming the moral force that Earp has rejected. When Earp's brothers are killed by goons employed by Ike Clanton (Robert Ryan), Earp becomes obsessed with vengeance and organizes a posse to track down the killers.

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James Garner
as Wyatt Earp
Jason Robards
as Doc Holliday
Robert Ryan
as Ike Clanton
Albert Salmi
as Octavius Roy
Charles Aidman
as Horace Sullivan
Steve Ihnat
as Andy Warshaw
Michael Tolan
as Pete Spence
Frank Converse
as Virgil Earp
Sam Melville
as Morgan Earp
Austin Willis
as Anson Safford
Richard Bull
as Thomas Fitch
Larry Gates
as John P. Clum
Karl Swenson
as Dr. Goodfellow
Bill Fletcher
as Jimmy Ryan
Robert Phillips
as Frank Stilwell
William Schallert
as Herman Spicer
Jon Voight
as Curly Bill Brocius
Lonny Chapman
as Turkey Creek Johnson
Monte Markham
as Sherman McMasters
William Windom
as Texas Jack Vermillion
Edward Anhalt
as Denver Doctor
Walter Gregg
as Billy Clanton
David Perna
as Frank McLowery
Jim Sheppard
as Tom McLowery
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Critic Reviews for Hour of the Gun

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Audience Reviews for Hour of the Gun

  • Feb 27, 2011
    Excellent western- Be sure to check it out on HD Movie Net
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • May 30, 2010
    Other riveting, based on the story of showdown between the Earps and the Clanton gang s certainly as much a part of American mythology as I believe this since I last watched 1994's <i>Wyatt Earp</i>. There are solid performances all around, beginning with James Garner who plays a hero with a badge, and is powerful in his intensity. And Jason Robards Jr. is quite good in his character, and does deliver a couple of colorful lines to Earp. The relationship and chemistry between the two men is unique. It's difficult to outline, but it's like these two were old souls who would go through hell with/for each other and never need to wonder or to argue it.
    Dean M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2009
    Good, not great. Mainly worth seeing for Jason Robards excellent performance as Doc Holliday and the stylized touches in the cinematography. The famous gunfight is probably depicted more accurately here than in any version I've seen. They had the makings of an excellent movie and felt obliged to tack a trite Hollywood ending on it. Tombstone is better.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 06, 2007
    An unusually dour James Garner in another solid telling of the Wyatt Earp story, unusually opening with the gunfight at the OK Corral. Jason Robards is a nicely sardonic Doc Holliday, and it's solidly handled by Sturges (also responsible for The Magnificent Seven).
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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