#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Maverick Writer and Director Walter Hill’s version of the famous Wild Bill Hickok legend is a dreamscape western that is told entirely in flashback. Hickok’s friend Charley Prince (Sir John Hurt) narrates the events of Wild Bill’s life while sitting at Bill’s graveside. Hickok is played by Jeff Bridges as a mean, high-spirited, but gallant outlaw. He wanders the West, adding to his reputation with some well-chosen gunfights, and he meets up with characters such as Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), who becomes his sidekick for a time. After becoming a legend, Hickok signs up for a stint with Buffalo Bill Cody’s travelling variety show. Eventually, he falls in love with Susannah Moore (Diane Lane), and his love leads him to tragedy in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota.
Plot: Biopic about famous gunslinger Wild Bill Hickock. The early career of legendary lawman is telescoped and culminates in his relocation in Deadwood and a reunion with Calamity Jane.
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Overambitous but disappointing
Most reviews seem to look at this through the prism of “Deadwood,” which seems unfair as the elongated TV format allows for far more character development. So to point out that the characters in “Wild Bill” aren’t as– well, you get the picture. Viewed alone, the movie deserves praise for performance, set design, a sense of period dialogue and historical accuracy in visual recreations. Yes, WB really did wear Navy Colts backwards, cavalry-style, in a red sash; yes, he did have greasy lanks of hair and wear a big floppy hat, a thick tie and a vest that didn’t match his jacket which didn’t match his pants. And for about an hour, I think the movie is pretty amusing. But when it sinks into Deadwood over its last hour, it appears to use too much of the stagey dialogue of one of its sources, a play by someone named Thomas Babe. At this point, it pretty much abandons history which is bad enough, but also cinematic fluency, of which Hill is a master: it becomes static, talky, dreary, and completely loses its momentum. And someone–Babe?–made the decision to give the McCall-Hickcock dynamic an Oedipal overtone–he’s the “son” of a woman once loved , then abandoned, by Hickcock. This is an attempt at coherency, to bring the murder into some sort of classic framework. Yeah, swell, however: McCall was much older, a buffalo hunter who’d lost dough to Wild Bill the night before. He didn’t stand for the abused son, he stood for the randomness of frontier violence, where booze, pride, stupidity and a culture of pointless aggression could easily spell an ambush murder like McCall’s. THAT, to me, would not only have been more accurate, but more fluent and a better movie.
The Legendary Wild Bill
In Wild Bill we get to see one of the best characterizations of the legendary western character. Jeff Bridges joins a pantheon of great players who’ve essayed the part of the marshal of Abilene, Kansas. Folks like William S. Hart, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers, Guy Madison, Bill Elliott, Forrest Tucker, and Charles Bronson have all played Hickok with varying degrees of success.
Some of these people have played Hickok more or less nobly as the script and their screen persona permitted. Someone like Roy Rogers you know without seeing the film had Hickok be a straight arrow. The real Wild Bill was someone who was as tough as he had to be to enforce law and order in a wild and woolly town like Abilene, Kansas circa 1870-1871 when Hickok kept the peace there.
Among those other actors who played Hickok also includes Jeff’s father Lloyd Bridges who did it in an hour television drama on the Great Adventure series. I saw that years ago and I wish I could remember more of it so I could compare father and son. The part I best recall is the famous story of Hickok accidentally shooting his own deputy who made the fatal mistake of coming up behind him too quietly and after he’d just shot one of Texas’s rowdier cowboys. It’s part of the Hickok legend and shown here as well.
Of course the manner of Hickok’s death has also entered into folklore with wide and varying accounts of the kind of man Hickok’s killer Jack McCall was. He was probably closer to the sneaky rat that Cecil B. DeMille had Porter Hall play him as in The Plainsman. Here he’s shown as a drunk and scared kid played by David Arquette much in the same manner as Bob Ford was played by Casey Affleck last year. Arquette does well in the role.
Ellen Barkin is cast as Calamity Jane and while she’s as tough as the famous frontierswoman, she’s way too good looking. Too bad Louis B. Mayer never thought of using Marie Dressler for the part back in the day. Even she was a little too femme for the part.
The film is done in Citizen Kane style, narrated by John Hurt who is a close friend of Hickok in the story. It’s a pretty good western, coming out when those are few and far between.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Action, Biography, Western
Director Walter Hill
Writer Peter Dexter, Thomas Babe, Walter Hill
Actors Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt
Country United States
Awards 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix DTS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,738 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm