Doc 1971 PG

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A fanatically accurate retelling of the familiar Wyatt Earp/Doc Holliday story in Tombstone, with fascinating character development, stressing such details as the romance between Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach) and Kate Elder (Faye Dunaway), and concluding with a blistering depiction of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Starring:
Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

Doc

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Genres Western
Director Frank Perry
Starring Stacy Keach, Faye Dunaway
Supporting actors Harris Yulin, Michael Witney, Denver John Collins, Dan Greenburg, John Scanlon, Richard McKenzie, John Bottoms, Philip Shafer, Ferdinand Zogbaum, Penelope Allen, Hedy Sontag, James Greene, Antonia Rey, Marshall Efron, Fred Dennis, Bruce M. Fischer, Gene Collins, Vivian Allen
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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It was very obvious that the makers of this movie hated Doc and Wyatt Earp.
J. Stewart
Doc has a chance at redemption and throws it away to shoot 'The Kid' who reminds him too much of himself.
Anarchy Now
The scenes are not particularly believable and Dunaway seems out of her element.
Chris Wilson

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This 1971 re-telling of the Earp-Holliday relationship clearly paints the darkest picture of the Earp family yet on film, and even suggests that Wyatt may have homosexual interests in Doc Holliday. Whatever the nature of the relationship, Doc appears to want little more of it and feels trapped into his part in the famous shoot-out. At best the relationship serves the Earp family business interests with little or no reciprocal value for Holliday. Harris Yulin and Stacy Keach play Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, respectively and well - both men being actors of considerable ability. Faye Dunaway plays Doc's common-law "wife" (Big-Nose Kate) in more of a cameo than a fully developed part. Frank Perry directed the film as a darkly psychological study of the relationship between these two gunmen. The dark rust-red of the Arizona desert provides the dominant color for the film. Film grain and texture reflects the men and the times: rough, gritty, and dark. While certainly a well performed and directed film, this is a film for NEITHER the John Wayne-shoot'em-in-the-street-at-high-noon-and-never-lose-your-hat crowd NOR the Hugh O'Brian devotee. "Doc" will please only the fans of the off-centered, slightly twisted quasi-film noire crowd. Indeed, one could easily describe this as a film noire western. "Doc" takes the "darker" side of Earp a good deal farther than the Sturges 1967 film "The Hour of the Gun" with James Garner and Jason Robards as Earp and Holliday. In "Hour of the Gun" Sturges greatly humanizes Earp from the earlier "Mr. Pure-Goodguy" in his film "The Gunfight at OK Corral." Still, Perry's "DOC" goes far beyond "Hour of the Gun" in his depiction of Wyatt as a sociopath with a badge, a gun, and a grudge.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wilson on May 21, 2009
Format: DVD
Was the west really this gloomy? Probably. But do we wish to see it in a Western? "Doc," an interesting version of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral, chooses to demystify the combatants with the exception of Doc Holliday (Stacy Keach) and Big Nose Kate (Faye Dunaway). It's a squalid land complete with dishonorable alley brawls and buzzing horse flies.

Director Frank Perry has several interesting films on his resume [The Swimmer (1968), Rancho Deluxe (1975)] and "Doc," a 1971 product of the anti-Vietnam War times, was his attempt to unmask the statuesque heroes churned out by the John Wayne factory [Chisum (1970), Big Jake (1971)]. It's a revisionist Western, though completely lacking in historical authenticity.

Harris Yulin, an excellent character actor who portrays the villain more often than not, is an unusual (though intentional) choice for Wyatt Earp. He mopes and broods while staring with unblinking eyes at Doc Holliday's body, Big Nose Kate, Ike Clanton, his horse - anything within his line of vision. Yulin's Earp is a bleak assassin on the verge of firing his gun at the drop of a spittoon. He hides behind his weapon and when forced to fight Clanton man-to-man with fists, is soundly pummeled. Holliday is the even-tempered partner walking the streets alone in dark suits. Everyone fears and respects Doc, a gunfighter with the proverbial heart of gold.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anarchy Now on June 14, 2009
Format: DVD
This film, probably the 1000th telling of the shoot out at the OK Corral, has a different perspective from most of the films I have seen on this subject, from 'My Darling Clementine' to 'Tombstone.' Doc Holliday, played by Stacy Keach, is ambivalent about his life and unhappy with the killings. Wyatt Earp on the other hand is a villainous politician whose only desire is to get political power and milk the town dry. Ike Clanton is seen more as a victim of the heartless Wyatt Earp. Faye Dunnaway does an excellent job playing Doc's temporary girl, Katie Elder.
Some of the scenes in the film are really striking, particularly the scenes of Doc and Katie struggling through the desert to get to Tombstone.
There are no heroes in this film and the violence is minimal. The entire shootout at the OK Corrall was over in a few seconds. There are also no happy endings here. Doc has a chance at redemption and throws it away to shoot 'The Kid' who reminds him too much of himself. Earp apparently wins the day by wiping out the Clanton gang and then making a political stump speech. This is probably one of the most cynical films I have ever seen. If you like old fashioned westerns, avoid this one. But this film speaks mountains as to our politics today.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gunslinger on September 13, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a very interesting take on the Doc Holliday / Wyatt Earp / Big Nose Kate relationships. It is typically villified by reviewers. It is definitely down beat and rather coarse. It is not historically accurate, particurlarly in terms of the final shoot out at the OK Corral. However, it does hold your interest. Stacey Keach's and Faye Dunaway's acting is very good. It was filmed in the era of the revisionist westerns. If you are turned off by that, this will not appeal to you. Otherwise, I recommend Doc for casual viewing.
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