Wild Bill

Directed By: Walter Hill Starring: Jeff Bridges Ellen Barkin

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on 8/14/2008

Loved this movie, am a fanatic for American Westerns.

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Wild bill hickok, famed lawman and gunman of the old west, is haunted by his past and his reputation. He is loved by, but cannot love, calamity jane.


Studio MGM
SKU 40148228
UPC 027616859082
UPC 14 00027616859082
Format DVD
Release Date 4/2/2002
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Director Walter Hill's WILD BILL is a film biography of legendary outlaw James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (Jeff Bridges). The story covers the major events that shaped the gunman's life, including his work as a Kansas lawman, his stint in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, and his part-time relationship with a whip-wielding Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin). In addition, the film shows how Hickok gained his deadly reputation, as well as his repeated confrontations with a vengeful young killer named Jack McCall (David Arquette), whose mother was wronged by Hickok years back--and who may or may not be Hickok's own son.
Plot Summary
Summary The twilight of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok is portrayed in this hard-drinkin', straight-shootin', take-no-prisoners biopic directed by Walter Hill (THE LONG RIDERS, THE WARRIORS).
Entertainment Weekly "...Brought growlingly to life by Bridges....Hallucinatory..." 05/31/1996 p.68
Variety "...[Hill] clearly has an affinity for the Old West and the men who lived in it....Diane Lane is one of the dreamiest visions to hit the territories since Claudia Cardinale..." 11/27/1995
Los Angeles Times "...[Bridges] gives us a marvelously rich and honest look at a simple man of legendary pluck....It's a remarkably full performance..." 12/01/1995 p.F1
Uncut "[P]layed with flinty integrity buy the ever-reliable Jeff Bridges." 01/01/2005 p.83
Walter Hill
Jeff Bridges
Ellen Barkin
Cast & Crew
Diane Lane - Actor
Ellen Barkin - Actor
Jeff Bridges - Actor
John Hurt - Actor
Peter Dexter - Based On Novel By
Thomas Babe - Based On Play By
Walter Hill - Director
Lloyd Ahern - Director of Photography
Van Dyke Parks - Musical Score
Richard D. Zanuck - Producer
Lili Fini Zanuck - Producer
Gary Daigler - Producer
Walter Hill - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1995
Catalog ID 1001598
UPC 00027616859082
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Washington Post
Review Picking out a favorite Jeff Bridges performance is no easy task... The actor, so underrated for so many years, keeps discovering new facets of his talent, and in Wild Bill he adds a bruised, meditative quality to the charismatic laconism of his recent roles... the actor magnificently expresses the character's rage over the role he's been forced to play...
Reviewer Hal Hinson
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen
Jeffrey Lyons, Sneak Previews/Lyons Den Radio A fast-paced action thriller. Wild Bill hits the bullseye!

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