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on March 10, 2012
As a native of Dodge City, KS where the events portrayed in the film took place I am pretty well versed on Dodge City history and especially in the true story of the accidental murder of Dora Hand. Let me just say there is artistic liscence, and then there is blatant disregard for the facts for no apparent reason. Many aspects of the film held very close to the facts and then there were some that were so far out of left field that I didnt understand why they bothered. Most importantly was the ending. Wyatt Earp was not responsible for the death of James Kenedy. Bat Masterson is actually the one who put the bullet in his arm and it took two weeks to heal well enough for him to stand trial. Miflin Kenedy bought his aquittal and Spike returned to Texas, married, but died partially as a result of his ill healed wounds in 1885. Bill Tilgman, who is a legend in Kansas and Oklahoma was most certainly not raised by the Cheyenne, and Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday already knew each other in 1878. In fact, at the time of Dora's death, Doc was practicing his dental trade in Dodge City with his office in Rm #24 of the Dodge House Hotel. On the whole I thought the movie was a fun romp, though pretty badly acted and scripted throughout. With lines like "If we lose him, we'll never find him" I simply cant give it any higher than two stars. And the second star is only because the story is very near and dear to my heart and I hope that many people watch it and it inspires them to check out the real story. Hopefully a better movie can be made of these events one day.