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Wild Bill (1995)



Critic Consensus: 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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This film is the tale of how Wild Bill Hickok finally got his in Deadwood, but director Walter Hill tells the story in an unapologetically realistic fashion, laying to waste the glamourous legend of Wild Bill. Hill presents to the audience a stubborn, half-blind, drug-addicted Hickok who is harder to like. Terrific performances from everyone on board, especially David Arquette who is a standout.

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Jeff Bridges
as Wild Bill Hickok
Ellen Barkin
as Calamity Jane
John Hurt
as Charley Prince
Diane Lane
as Savannah Moore
David Arquette
as Jack McCall
Bruce Dern
as Will Plummer
James Gammon
as California Joe
Keith Carradine
as Buffalo Bill Cody
James Remar
as Donnie Lonigan
Robert Knott
as Dave Tutt
Karen Huie
as Song Lew
Steve Reevis
as Sioux Chief Whistler
Pato Hoffmann
as Cheyenne Leader
Lee de Broux
as Carl Mann
Stoney Jackson
as Jubal Pickett
Sally Jane Jackson
as Hubal Pickett
Robert Peters
as Mike Williams
Jason Ronard
as Pink Buford
Dennis Hayden
as Phil Coe
Teresa Gilmore Capps
as Jessie Hazlitt
Boots Southerland
as Crook-Eye Clark
Loyd Catlett
as Bob Rainwater
Ted Markland
as Tommy Drum
Monty Stuart
as Soldier
Dennis Deveaugh
as Big Trooper
Jim Wilkey
as Seth Beeber
Raliegh Wilson
as Jack Slater
Charles Gunning
as Frank Dowder
Chris Doyle
as John Harkness
Virgil Frye
as Buffalo Hunter
Lauren Abels
as Singer at Funeral
Ritt Henn
as Fiddle Player
Lise Hilboldt
as Woman in Church
Trisha Munford
as Woman in Church
James Marsh
as Young Man
Luana Anders
as Sanitarium Woman
Roland Nip
as Chinese Man
Mike Watson
as Cowpoke
Bill Bolender
as Bartender at Way Station
Alisa Christensen
as Mann's No. 10 Saloon Bargirl
Patricia Pretzinger
as Mann's No. 10 Saloon Bargirl
Peter Jason
as Dave McCandless
Joseph Corzier
as Old Timer
Mikey Le Bean
as Young Jack
Jaime Elysse
as Young Woman with Parasol
Jaime Marsh
as Young Man
Burton Gilliam
as Bartender
Roy Del Ruth
as Gambler
Judson Keith Linn
as Cheyenne Rider
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Critic Reviews for Wild Bill

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

The movie tries for poetry and elegy in its closing scenes, and we can see where it's headed, although it doesn't get there.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie itself is a lot of deadwood in the competitive holiday season.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
Top Critic

Jeff Bridges delivers an intense performance, but an animated Ellen Barkin seems to have wandered over from the set of a sitcom.

September 19, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 8, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Not just an elegy for the myth of the Old West, it's an elegy for a time and a place that never really existed in the first place.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The main problem in Wild Bill is that it seeks-and fails-to balance New Hollywood introspection with B-movie theatrics and action.

December 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wild Bill

Jeff Bridges as both the advertised legend and as the very tired soul behind the advertising, sick of whole production even as he keeps the fires stoked. Ellen Barkin and John Hurt ably fill in as seconds, all of us simply waiting for the drama to draw to its infamous closing moments, which flaws a generally interesting take on living with fame.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Unfortunately a dull effort from Bridges who seems to be willing to play a caricature in order to get an easy paycheque. The supporting cast which has a bunch of talented actors seems to fall into line with Bridges. Get in, have some fun dressing up like coyboys and then get out.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. Wild Bill, portrayed by Jeff Bridges is serving as sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota. Jack McCall, played by David Arquette is a young man whose mother and family has been slighted by Bill in the past, and is out for revenge. Troubled by his on again off again relationship with fellow outlaw Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin) and haunted by the ghosts of his past, Wild Bill and his failing eyesight faces a grave concern with the arrival of this dangerous newcomer to town.Poor performances and a ridiculous finale made this a great deception.

Andre Tavares Simoni
Andre Tavares Simoni

Super Reviewer

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