Wild Bill

1995, Western, 1h 37m

25 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Crowded with talent on either side of the camera, Wild Bill shoots itself in the foot with a surprisingly muddled take on the story of the titular folk hero. Read critic reviews

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Gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges) travels the frontier, gaining fame and enemies in roughly equal measure. He sometimes meets up with his friend and occasional lover, Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), and he headlines for awhile in a traveling circus. Along the way, he meets Susannah (Diane Lane), his one true love, but spurns her for the outlaw life. With his health deteriorating, Bill rides into Deadwood, S.D., as his past catches up to him.

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Jeff Bridges
James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok
Ellen Barkin
Calamity Jane
John Hurt
Charley Prince
Diane Lane
Susannah Moore
Christina Applegate
Lurline Newcomb
Bruce Dern
Will Plummer
James Gammon
California Joe
James Remar
Donnie Lonigan
Steve Reevis
Sioux Chief
Pato Hoffmann
Cheyenne Leader
Stoney Jackson
Jubal Pickett
Keith Carradine
Buffalo Bill Cody
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Critic Reviews for Wild Bill

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  • May 14, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2011
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2008
    Good performances are hampered by a stagy feel.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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