WYATT EARP (Theatrical Release USA 1994)

Ben Meyers’ rating—3.7|5.0 Starsììì

Wyatt Earp begins with Wyatt Earp as a young boy and carries the story through to his seasoned years as a gold miner. Kevin Costner plays as Wyatt, but the role does not suit him well. Dennis Quaid looks good in the rendition of Doc Holiday; but he, also, is not able to pull his full acting potential out of his assigned part. It’s interesting to see Bill Pullman and Mark Harmon in a western of this caliber. The story is good, but the acting and portrayal put it into the B-grade film category.

Storyline

Young Wyatt Earp (Ian Bohen) meets his two younger brothers in the family’s corn field, tells them to be good, that he loves them, and that he is going to join the Union Army as did the older brothers. But his father Nicolas Earp (Gene Hackman) tracks him down and talks him into going back home to be with his mother. Later, the two older brothers, James and Virgil, return home with James badly injured and the family decides to travel west. The film follows events that shape Wyatt’s personal view of the world, based upon events he experiences while growing into adulthood and as an adult.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Lawrence Kasdan for his directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Dan Gordon, Michael Grillo, Charles Okun, and Jon Slan for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Wyatt Earp (Kevin Costner), Doc Holliday (Dennis Quaid), James Earp (David Andrews), Morgan Earp (Linden Ashby), Ike Clanton (Jeff Fahey), Josie Marcus (Joanna Going), Sheriff Johnny Behan (Mark Harmon), and Virgil Earp (Michael Madsen).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. If you’re a hard core Kevin Costner fan, then in all probability, you will like to love this film.

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