Hour of the Gun

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton-gang in a fight. In revenge Clanton's thugs kill the marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt Earp starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

Directed by: John Sturges Thomas J. Schmidt John Franco
Genres: Western,
Production Company: United Artists, The Mirisch Company,

Hour of the Gun - Wyatt Earp - hero with a badge or cold-blooded killer? - Azwaad Movie Database
  • Release Date: 01-11-1967
  • Runtime: 100 Minutes
  • Popularity: 4.89
  • Vote Count: 65
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6
  • Budget: USD 0
  • Revenue: USD 0
  • Region: United States of America ( US ),
  • Homepage: N/A

Photo Name Character
James Garner - Azwaad Movie Database James Garner Wyatt Earp
Jason Robards - Azwaad Movie Database Jason Robards Doc Holliday
Robert Ryan - Azwaad Movie Database Robert Ryan Ike Clanton
Albert Salmi - Azwaad Movie Database Albert Salmi Octavius Roy
Charles Aidman - Azwaad Movie Database Charles Aidman Horace Sullivan
Steve Ihnat - Azwaad Movie Database Steve Ihnat Andy Warshaw
Michael Tolan - Azwaad Movie Database Michael Tolan Pete Spence
William Windom - Azwaad Movie Database William Windom Texas Jack Vermillion
Lonny Chapman - Azwaad Movie Database Lonny Chapman Turkey Creek Johnson
Larry Gates - Azwaad Movie Database Larry Gates John P. Clum
Photo Name Department
Richard Carruth-Sound Richard Carruth Sound (Music Editor)
Lynn Stalmaster-Production Lynn Stalmaster Production (Casting)
Jerry Goldsmith-Sound Jerry Goldsmith Sound (Original Music Composer)
Lucien Ballard-Camera Lucien Ballard Camera (Director of Photography)
Ferris Webster-Editing Ferris Webster Editing (Editor)
Allen K. Wood-Production Allen K. Wood Production (Production Supervisor)
Sass Bedig-Crew Sass Bedig Crew (Special Effects)
John Sturges-Directing John Sturges Directing (Director)
John Sturges-Production John Sturges Production (Producer)
Rafael Suárez-Art Rafael Suárez Art (Set Decoration)

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John Chard

If you are going to kill like me, you might as well drink like me. Hour of the Gun is directed by John Sturges and adapted to screenplay by Edward Anhalt from Douglas D. Martin's novel Tombstone's Epitaph. It stars James Garner, Jason Robards and Robert Ryan. Music is by Jerry Goldsmith and cinematography is by Lucien Ballard. Story begins with the shootout at the O.K. Corral and tells of the aftermath involving the major players. Although John Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corall ten years previously proved to be popular, the director was never happy with the finished project, due in no small part to the fact that Hal B. Wallis controlled the script. Here Sturges takes control and crafts what in essence is a sequel to the 57 movie. Leaning more towards a character study with a dark edge, Hour of the Gun is refreshing in giving the Wyatt Earp/Doc Holliday characters a different story than the one we normally see on the screen; one that actually attempts historical accuracy where possible. Viewing it now it's easy to see why the film was received coldly back on release. The Western movie was just about creaking along as a viable cinematic genre as it was, but with Sturges and Anhalt portraying one of America's folklore heroes in moral decline, it's unsurprising that it found itself out of sync with the times. However, time has been very kind to it, where over decades the re-evaluation of many a psychological Western has seen it viewed as one of the more bolder and cynical tinted oaters from the 60s. With a fine script from Anhalt to work from, who also features as a player in the film as Holliday's whiskey smuggling carer, the cast work well. Ryan files in for villain duties as Ike Clanton and Garner as Earp and Robards as Holliday make for a suitably sombre pairing. There's also some quality in the support ranks where Albert Salmi, John Voight, Jorge Russeck and Karl Swenson leave good impressions. With Goldsmith tonally aware for the scoring and master photographer Ballard utilising the Panavision on offer for the Durango locations, it's an all round well put together production. Some fat could have done with being trimmed off it to get it 10 minutes shorter; for the story starts to feel over long entering the last quarter. But Hour of the Gun is not only a better than your average 60s Western, it's also one of the better Wyatt Earp movies available to those interested in the subject. 7.5/10

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