Wyatt Earp Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's seemingly endless take on the Old West's most celebrated lawman bombed in theaters, partly because the entertaining but trashy Tombstone had already… Wyatt Earp Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's seemingly endless take on the Old West's most celebrated lawman bombed in theaters, partly because the entertaining but trashy Tombstone had already…
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Wyatt Earp

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Rateds: PG-13, R; Genre: Western; With: Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman and Dennis Quaid

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan's seemingly endless take on the Old West's most celebrated lawman bombed in theaters, partly because the entertaining but trashy Tombstone had already revived the same overfamiliar material, and partly because star Kevin Costner looked as if he'd rather be somewhere else (filming Waterworld, perhaps). Undeterred, Kasdan has unleashed this deluxe wide-screen laserdisc version of Wyatt Earp, with an additional 20 minutes of footage (including a teasing scene of Earp courting his girlfriend) and the original shooting script. He needn't have bothered; apart from Dennis Quaid's nicely underplayed Doc Holliday, this Earp saga still pales before any of the previous versions. Five words, Larry: John Ford's My Darling Clementine. C+

Originally posted Aug 04, 1995 Published in issue #286 Aug 04, 1995 Order article reprints