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      Wild Bill

      R Released Dec 1, 1995 1 hr. 37 min. Western Action Biography Drama List
      46% 28 Reviews Tomatometer 27% 5,000+ Ratings Audience Score Gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges) travels the frontier, gaining fame and enemies in roughly equal measure. He sometimes meets up with his friend and occasional lover, Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), and he headlines for awhile in a traveling circus. Along the way, he meets Susannah (Diane Lane), his one true love, but spurns her for the outlaw life. With his health deteriorating, Bill rides into Deadwood, S.D., as his past catches up to him. Read More Read Less

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      Crowded with talent on either side of the camera, Wild Bill shoots itself in the foot with a surprisingly muddled take on the story of the titular folk hero.

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      Jelisije J This movie could have done a montage of the legend Wild Bill killings to save a good amount of run time and help the pacing of this film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/31/23 Full Review steve d Incompetent and untruthful. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Meh...after the success of Tombstone, this should have been huge. Big cast of stars, 30 million dollar budget, names in Production...but it is terrible. Watch the ending credits to learn why...the studios were ripped off with a grossly padded list of people doing each other's work. This was a cash grab, pure and simple. Pitch the money men with "the next Tombstone", hire an acclaimed cast, but to Hell with actually making something timeless and special, just get the money and hope the public ci ers us. What a sad sad mess...some people should be ashamed. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Decent cinematography, production design and makeup, consequently destroyed by soapish dialogue, overacting, mistaken casting and nothing too much to do with actual history, in what basically is a Hollywood mishmash where the legend of Wild Bill Hickok's last living days is made into a parody. Kudos to the respective consultants for getting some true effects, and the languages for Lakota and Cheyenne characters right. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Honestly, I found Jeff Bridges insufferable in this movie - not Wild Bill, but Jeff Bridges as "Wild Bill". No character to center around - just a story at a distance. Very uninvitingly directed. By yhe end, I just wanted David Arquette to get it over with. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It's ambitious, but it's a little too muddy of a movie. It tries to cram too much of Wild Bill's story into too little time. Rushing through events, just to get to the conclusion we're all too familiar with. As such, you're not quite left with enough time to connect with these characters or events. Still, Bridges is great in the role and Hill delivers some dynamic Western action. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/08/20 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Peter Rainer Los Angeles Magazine Wild Bill, starring Jeff Bridges, is Walter Hill’s best film in years. It’s a movie about the self-destructive power of myth. By the end, Hill makes that self-destruction seem like the archetypal American story. Aug 9, 2022 Full Review Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle Rated: 2/5 May 1, 2005 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 1/4 Jun 18, 2002 Full Review Mitchell Beaupre Paste Magazine Jeff Bridges exquisitely captures this roaming, morose existence, this juxtaposition between the stature of an icon and the elegiac crawl towards death that we follow him on. Rated: 8/10 Sep 29, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Jeff Bridges delivers an intense performance, but an animated Ellen Barkin seems to have wandered over from the set of a sitcom. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 19, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Considering Walter Hill's formidable filmography, Wild Bill hasn't aged as well as some of the auteur's progressively inclined titles, but is still worth a look for the expected technical and narrative proficiencies. Rated: 2.5/5 Sep 8, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges) travels the frontier, gaining fame and enemies in roughly equal measure. He sometimes meets up with his friend and occasional lover, Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), and he headlines for awhile in a traveling circus. Along the way, he meets Susannah (Diane Lane), his one true love, but spurns her for the outlaw life. With his health deteriorating, Bill rides into Deadwood, S.D., as his past catches up to him.
      Director
      Walter Hill
      Screenwriter
      Walter Hill
      Production Co
      United Artists, Zanuck Company
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Western, Action, Biography, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 1, 1995, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $2.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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