Wild Bill (1995)




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This film is the tale of how Wild Bill Hickok finally got his in Deadwood, but director Walter Hill tells the story in an unapologetically realistic fashion, laying to waste the glamourous legend of Wild Bill. Hill presents to the audience a stubborn, half-blind, drug-addicted Hickok who is harder to like. Terrific performances from everyone on board, especially David Arquette who is a standout.
R (violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Western
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MGM Home Entertainment

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David Arquette
as Jack McCall
Diane Lane
as Savannah Moore
John Hurt
as Charley Prince
Jeff Bridges
as Wild Bill Hickok
Bruce Dern
as Will Plummer
Ellen Barkin
as Calamity Jane
James Remar
as Donnie Lonigan
Keith Carradine
as Buffalo Bill Cody
Virgil Frye
as Buffalo Hunter
Anthony De Longis
as Card Cheat
Janel Moloney
as Earlene
Stoney Jackson
as Jubal Pickett
Roy Del Ruth
as Gambler
Ted Markland
as Tommy Drum
Luana Anders
as Sanitarium Woman
James Gammon
as California Joe
Peter Jason
as Dave McCandless
Steve Reevis
as Sioux Chief Whistler
Robert Peters
as Mike Williams
Lise Hilboldt
as Woman in Church
James Marsh
as Young Man
Marjoe Gortner
as Preacher
Dennis Hayden
as Phil Coe
Robert Knott
as Dave Tutt
Burton Gilliam
as Bartender
Lee de Broux
as Carl Mann
Jim Wilkey
as Seth Beeber
Pato Hoffmann
as Cheyenne Leader
Chris Doyle
as John Harkness
Alisa Christensen
as Mann's No. 10 Saloon Bargirl
Bill Bolender
as Bartender at Way Station
Boots Southerland
as Crook-Eye Clark
Loyd Catlett
as Bob Rainwater
Ritt Henn
as Fiddle Player
Charles Gunning
as Frank Dowder
Mike Watson
as Cowpoke
Merritt Yohnka
as Soldier
Jason Ronard
as Pink Buford
Karen Huie
as Song Lew
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Jessie Hazlitt
Sally Jane Jackson
as Hubal Pickett
Monty Stuart
as Soldier
Dennis Deveaugh
as Big Trooper
Raliegh Wilson
as Jack Slater
Roland Nip
as Chinese Man
Lauren Abels
as Singer at Funeral
Janet Moloney
as Earlene
Trisha Munford
as Woman in Church
Patricia Pretzinger
as Mann's No. 10 Saloon Bargirl
Joseph Corzier
as Old Timer
Mikey Le Bean
as Young Jack
Jaime Elysse
as Young Woman with Parasol
Jaime Marsh
as Young Man
Judson Keith Linn
as Cheyenne Rider
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Critic Reviews for Wild Bill

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (4)

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

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Interesting take on Wild Bill Hickock, again mixing more fable with his real life.

November 3, 2007

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

February 18, 2006

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

March 4, 2004

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

March 19, 2003

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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2002
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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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. Wild Bill, portrayed by Jeff Bridges is serving as sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota. Jack McCall, played by David Arquette is a young man whose mother and family has been slighted by Bill in the past, and is out for revenge. Troubled by his on again off again relationship with fellow outlaw Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin) and haunted by the ghosts of his past, Wild Bill and his failing eyesight faces a grave concern with the arrival of this dangerous newcomer to town.Poor performances and a ridiculous finale made this a great deception.

Andre Tavares Simoni
Andre Tavares Simoni

Super Reviewer

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