'Doc'

1971

Action / Western

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IMDb Rating 6.1 10 1004

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Faye Dunaway as Katie Elder
Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday
Harris Yulin as Wyatt Earp
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Reviewed by EmperorNortonII 6 / 10

A Look At the Man Behind the Gun

"Doc" is similar to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," in that it is a revisionist Western attempting to explode some mythology of the American West, which earlier Hollywood Westerns would glamourize. Here, Doc Holliday and Marshall Wyatt Earp are shown as not quite the good guys Hollywood has long portrayed them to be. The story of "Doc" follows the legendary outlaw Dr. John Henry "Doc" Holliday and his lover "Big Nose Kate" Elder on their way to the storied Gunfight at the OK Corral. Doc Holliday is played by Stacy Keach, as a soft-spoken gent who is deadly with a six-shooter. The film is gritty and dirty, but the profane dialogue seems like it was added just because the screenwriter could. My biggest problem is that the scenes look like they cut away too soon, and should go on at least a few seconds longer. "Doc" may not tell the true story of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, but at least tries to keep an enduring Western legend alive.

Reviewed by ma-cortes 6 / 10

Revisionist and twilight Western plenty of tension , thrills and gunplay ; being shot in Almeria , Spain

This demystifying "Doc" (Frank Perry, 1971) packs a good cast with Harris Yulin , Faye Dunaway and Stacy Keach . Three nice actors in a huge exciting production . They form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral . At the beginning Doc Holliday , a famous poker gambler , one day he challenges a man to poker , betting his horse against his opponent's woman . There he meets Katie Fisher, also known as Katie Elder (Faye Dunaway) , will follow him wherever he goes . Their next destination is Tombstone , where the law is represented by Sheriff Wyatt Earp . They fought shoulder to shoulder in the wildest stand-up gunfight in the history of the West . They are the strangest alliance between the West's most famous sheriff , Wyatt Earp (Harris Yulin) , trying to overcome outlaws and its deadliest gambling killer , Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach) . When he arrives in Tombstone , the election campaign is in full swing . Earp runs for candidate but the Clantons , a family gang of outlaw cowboys, are not among his keenest supporters . Conflict erupts following the failure of some shadowy bargaining and Doc decides to join Wyatt and his brothers , Virgil (John Bottoms), Morgan and James . There they would see them in a feud with the Clantons led by Ike (Mike Witney) , a local clan of ruthless thugs and cattle thieves . When the showdown becomes inevitable , the help will come from Doc Holliday , a terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend . The four of them gather at the O.K. Corral where the seven Clanton brothers along with The Kid (Denver Collins) are waiting for them . The film correctly builds up its suspense until a tense battle in streets of Tombstone . One day of 1881, it takes place the famed shoot'em up among Wyatt , Doc , Billy , Ike Clanton , McLowery and Ringo .

This trigger-taut Western drama deals with a lawman and a badman , the strangest friendship this side of heaven and hell . It's incomparably performed by the greatest team who ever went into action , Harris Yulin portrays the large-than-life lawman , living by the old rules , driven by revenge , dueling to the death and Stacy Keach is most impressive as a gunslinger , the hellfire gambler , his only friends were his guns and his only refuge was a woman's heart . ¨Doc¨ has an evocative cinematography , well made by Gerald Hirschfeld , being filmed on location in Manzanares Del Real , La Pedriza , Colmenar Viejo and Almeria , Spain , where in the 60s and 70s had been shot lots of Spaghetti/Paella Westerns . Furthermore , atmospheric and thrilling musical score by Jimmy Webb . The motion picture was professionally directed by Frank Perry . He was an expert on dramas that enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with his wife , the playwright and screenwriter Eleanor Perry . As he directed ¨David and Lisa¨ , ¨Man on a Swing¨, ¨Play It As It Lays¨, ¨Diary of a mad housewife¨ and his two greatest successes were ¨The swimmer¨ and ¨ Mommie dearest¨ also with Faye Dunaway .

The film is set in Tombstone where Earp finds Holliday and helps him against Ike , Billy Clanton , Johnny Ringo and McCloury . The final part focuses Tombstone , 1881 , with stimulating scenes about OK Corral gunfight between Morgan , Virgil , Wyatt Earp , Doc against the nefarious Ike , Billy Clanton , Johnny Ringo, and Tom McLowery . The main character is a historical figure , in this case the sheriff Wyatt Earp who participated the most famous duel occurred in the western town of Tombstone in 1881 that has been brought to the big screen many times , as in the classic "My Darling Clementine" in 1946 directed by John Ford with Henry Fonda and Victor Mature , or the more modern "Tombstone : The Legend of Wyatt Earp" (George P. Cosmatos, 1993) with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer and ¨Wyatt Earp¨ (Lawrence Kasdan, 1994) with Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid . And , of course, the best version resulted to be ¨Gunfight at O.K. Corral¨ by John Sturges with Burt Lancaster , Kirk Douglas , Jo Van Fleet , Rhonda Fleming , Ted De Corsia , among others . John Sturges would resume the same story in the inferior "The Hour of the Gun" (1967) with Jason Robards , James Garner and John Voight

Reviewed by Charles Tatum 8 / 10

What's Up, Doc?

Before the duelling biopics of "Tombstone" and "Wyatt Earp" in the

1990's, this 1971 effort had already decided to set the record

straight about John "Doc" Holliday, Earp's best friend and

participant in the gunfight at the OK Corral.

Just over an hour and a half, this film skips a lot of the epic

western cliches and goes right into its meaty story. Doc Holliday

buys prostitute Katie Elder (Faye Dunaway) from local bad boy Ike

Clanton, and takes her to Tombstone, Arizona. He meets up with

his best friend Wyatt Earp, played by Harris Yulin. Earp has

political aspirations in the territory, and wants to control the law

while Holliday would control the gambling. Elder and Holliday

break up briefly, but then shack up on the edge of town, much to

the chagrin of Earp's upstanding wife.

A young Clanton hand, known as the Kid, decides to be just like

Holliday, gun fighting and all. Soon, a stage is held up and the

Clantons are accused. Earp makes a deal with Clanton to

exchange the reward money for the Kid, but Holliday bails him out

instead. Earp and Holliday begin drifting apart, both over Elder and

law enforcement, but become friends again in time for the

climactic shootout in the infamous corral, resulting in the deaths of

some major characters.

A few scenes are played a little too quietly, and move a little too

slowly. The real success here is with the lead actors,

professionals all. Stacy Keach is excellent as a Doc Holliday we

have never seen before. His physical moves are smooth and

suave, like a professional gambler should be, and Keach takes us

along on an acting job that looks effortless on his part.

Faye Dunaway is Katie Elder, the lifelong prostitute who finds it

hard to change herself just to please everyone else's idea of what

a couple should be. Dunaway is unglamorous, and never trips into

the "hooker with a heart of gold" stereotype. Harris Yulin, who is

better known as a character actor today, is great as Wyatt Earp. He

is mean, delivering threatening lines with menace, and also not a

clearcut hero. His speech to the crowd after the gunfight, as he

stands near his brother's body and renews his promise to clean

up Tombstone, is great.

Aside from a couple of slow spots and spotty editing, "Doc" is a

terrific and underrated western that deserves a cult audience. I

highly recommend it.

This is rated (PG) for physical violence, gun violence, mild gore,

some profanity, and sexual references.

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