Wild Bill (1995)


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This arty western chronicles the exploits of one of its most illustrious characters--Wild Bill Hickock, a gunfighter of nearly mythic proportions. In this film, Wild Bill is a nearly psychotic killer with a literal hair-trigger temperament. For the first segment of the film, he is seen gunning down victim after victim over a nine-year-period in the mid to late 1800s. Later, he returns to Deadwood Gulch in the Dakota Territory to reconnect with his occasional lover Calamity Jane. While there he … More

Rating: R (violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Dexter, Thomas Babe, Walter Hill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment



as Wild Bill Hickok

as Calamity Jane

as Charley Prince

as Savannah Moore

as Jack McCall

as Will Plummer

as California Joe

as Buffalo Bill Cody

as Donnie Lonigan

as Preacher

as Dave Tutt

as Song Lew

as Sioux Chief Whistler

as Cheyenne Leader

as Carl Mann

as Hubal Pickett

as Jubal Pickett

as Mike Williams

as Pink Buford

as Phil Coe

as Jessie Hazlitt

as Crook-Eye Clark

as Bob Rainwater

as Tommy Drum

as Soldier

as Big Trooper

as Seth Beeber

as Jack Slater

as Frank Dowder

as John Harkness

as Buffalo Hunter

as Singer at Funeral

as Fiddle Player

as Woman in Church

as Young Man

as Woman in Church

as Sanitarium Woman

as Chinese Man

as Cowpoke

as Card Cheat

as Bartender at Way Sta...

as Mann's No. 10 Saloon...

as Mann's No. 10 Saloon...

as Dave McCandless

as Old Timer

as Young Jack

as Young Woman with Par...

as Young Man

as Bartender

as Gambler

as Cheyenne Rider
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Critic Reviews for Wild Bill

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (12)

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

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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San Francisco Chronicle
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Entertainment Weekly
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Interesting take on Wild Bill Hickock, again mixing more fable with his real life.

November 4, 2007

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

Super Reviewer

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.

Jens S.

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

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