Wyatt Earp
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Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, this epic version of the legendary western sheriff-gunslinger's life story stars Kevin Costner as Earp, who lived from 1848 to 1929. Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Earp tries to run away to join the Union Army in the Civil War, but he is turned away because of his youth. Instead, he studies law and marries Urilla Sutherland (Annabeth Gish). But Urilla dies of typhoid fever before they can have children. Earp grows despondent and descends into drinking and petty thievery, but his father Nicholas (Gene Hackman) finds him, sobers him up, and sets him straight. Earp… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though handsome to look at (cinematography is by Owen Roizman), the movie is overlong, stately, and too detailed for its own good; director Kasdan claims his version if more accurate, which may be true, but it doesn't make for a good picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"...hiding in this three-hour-plus extravaganza is a good two-hour movie. Too bad it's so hard to find."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Turgid and painfully poker-faced, though Dennis Quaid's Doc Holliday is as good as anyone's"
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Beautifully shot and impressively directed, it's an ambitious Western in the classic mold, the kind of film that rarely gets made anymore."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"A great Western that was unfairly disparaged back in 1994. The authentic Wyatt Earp is actually a much-better film than the pulpier, more-popular Tombstone."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Well-meaning western yarn starring Costner in the title role but it's too slow-moving and uneven to digest as anything riveting regarding the Wild West. Kasdan's Wyatt Earp definitely ends up shoots blanks"
‑ Frank Ochieng, TheWorldJournal.com
""Tombstone" did it better, but"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Costner's still shouting, but it's hard to hear him from all the way back there in 1940."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Bloated and unexciting, but Quaid is tremendous"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"A parabolic sagebrush saga about this legendary figure in the Wild West."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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