Hour of the Gun ()

directed by John Sturges
featuring James Garner, Jason Robards, Jr., Robert Ryan, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman

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John Sturges directed this sequel to his Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is more of a melancholy character study than an action Western. The Edward Anhalt screenplay (based on Douglas D. Martin's Tombstone's Epitaph) traces Wyatt Earp's (James Garner) moral decline from a lawman with high ideals to a mean-spirited vigilante bent on personal revenge. Ironically, Doc Holliday (Jason Robards), an admitted lawless gambler, reacts to Earp's vengeful turnabout by becoming the moral force that Earp has rejected. When Earp's ...

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Cole

Dec 11, 2008

Hour of the Gun

This 1967 version of the gunfight at the OK corral and the events following is the best of all the many films on this historical event. Unlike other versions, Hour of the Gun opens with the big gunfight and proceeds from there. The interplay between Garner and Robards is not to be missed. While some historical license is taken, as with the gunfight in Mexico between Wyatt Earp and Ike Clanton, (James Garner and Robert Ryan) ... I'm OK with that. It's too bad it didn't really happen this way. Leonard Maltin's review of this film doesn't do it justice. Perhaps Maltin did not appreciate the film's avoidance of maudlin romance and it's concentration on revenge. Again, I'm OK with that.

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