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Audiences overlooked this film, one of the better westerns in several years, featuring yet another terrific performance by Jeff Bridges, America's most underrated movie actor. As James Butler Hickock, he captures the sense of a man at the end of his career, one of the first media superstars who discovers that his legend is more burden than blessing. As he heads toward his final hand of poker in Deadwood, South Dakota, he flashes back to his younger days and the events that built his reputation, even as he copes with encroaching blindness caused by syphilis. Walter Hill blends action and elegy, utilizing a screenplay based both on Pete Dexter's novel Deadwood and on Thomas Babe's play Fathers and Sons. Wild Bill features strong supporting performances by John Hurt (as a Hickock sidekick) and Ellen Barkin (as the tough, lusty Calamity Jane)--but the centerpiece is the sad, manly performance by Bridges, who more than measures up to the part. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jeff BridgesJames Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Ellen BarkinCalamity Jane
John HurtCharley Prince
Diane LaneSusannah Moore
Keith CarradineBuffalo Bill Cody
David ArquetteJack McCall
Christina ApplegateLurline Newcomb
Bruce DernWill Plummer
James GammonCalifornia Joe
James RemarDonnie Lonigan

  • Genre: Western
  • Director: Walter Hill
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 115 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 1, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 2002
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