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"I'm Your Huckleberry",
This review is from: Tombstone [VHS] (VHS Tape)This is one of the most entertaining westerns ever made and as such, ranks right up there with "Shane," "Open Range," "Ride the Man Down" and Eastwood's "The Unforgiven." It is a story of changing times that haven't quite changed enough. Kurt Russell gives his best performance as Wyatt Earp, coming to Tombstone with his brothers to settle down and put his lawman days behind him. Tombstone is a wild town still and a group known as The Cowboys and a young gunslinger named Johnny Ringo begin to make this impossible.
Dana Delany is radiant as the actress Wyatt falls for even though he is married. His wife has become a drug addict and his marriage is not the stuff dreams are made of, but Dana Delaney is. The film takes its time as Wyatt and his brothers are slowly drawn towards the history we have come to know, and the aftermath we may not.
This is a multilayered story more faithful to the truth than most versions. What makes this film superior to other westerns is the depth of the story and the realistic performances of the cast. The finest of the aforementioned is Val Kilmer's extraordinary turn as Doc Holliday.
This film more realistically portrays the relationship of Holliday and Wyatt than any other film. Kilmer's Holliday is dangerous and intelligent, and above all, loyal to perhaps his only real friend in life, Wyatt Earp. Kilmer so became the real Doc Holliday that it was said he remained in character on the set at all times, even when the camera was not rolling. His performance is something that will always be remembered by anyone who watches this film.
Wyatt is a real man in this film with raw courage but no self delusions. He is no gunman and realizes he can not beat the quick and dangerous Johnny Ringo in a gun battle. Doc Holliday, in spite of his illness, has Wyatt's back and arrives there first. What follows is one of the most tense and accurately portrayed gunfights in film history.
Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp remained friends until Holliday finally was overtaken by the tuberculosis which had plagued him for years. As in real life, Wyatt Earp actually does find happiness and settles down with Dana Delaney after his wife dies in this film. The real Wyatt became quite wealthy in the latter part of his life.
The rich tapestry of events that formed the legend of the dangerous Doc Holliday and Marshal Wyatt Earp are given the best and most accurate screen treatment ever filmed. This is a must see western. You will never forget it and you will never see a better and more colorful true to life performance than Val Kilmer's turn as Doc Holliday.
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Initial post: Sep 30, 2007 6:32:01 PM PDT
Barbara S. Delozier says:
Gotta hand it to you ... Kilmer was absolutely the best, although the other actors certainly held their own, from Billy Bob Thornton, to Charleton Heston right on through to main characters .. each one was a gem, especially and notably, Kurt Russell who did Wyatt Earp serious justice. Kevin Costner did a fine job in his portrayal in the movie Wyatt Earp, but Russell takes it. Dennis Quaid did an excellent job, even to go as far as looking most like Holliday .. however, no one can take the light off Kilmer's portrayal. Probably my most favorite western of all times. Looks like now I gotta get the director's cut ! Yee haa .."I'm your huckleberry" .. Indeed ! :)~
Posted on Oct 12, 2008 10:50:30 AM PDT
B. Sanders says:
I believe Kilmer says, "I'm your hucklebearer" which means pallbearer not huckleberry. Though for awhile I too thought he said huckleberry. I did some research and everything I read pointed to him saying hucklebearer. I could be wrong. I won't know until I have the script in my hands. But anyway, yes Val Kilmer stole the show with this protrayal. This is one movie I can watch over and over again.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2008 2:17:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 12, 2008 2:24:50 PM PDT
Certainly agree about Kilmer's terrific performance here. Both his speech and mannerism's are so mesmerizing you can't watch anyone else much in scenes he is in. Definitely one of the great modern performances and I could never accept anyone else playing Doc after viewing him in Tombstone. I and a lot of folks have always thought he was saying Huckleberry, but could be his speech making it sound that way. Not sure. Huckleberry is the more familiar to us, i.e. Huckleberry Hound, and Mancini and Mercer's "my Huckleberry friend" from Moon River. Either way, like you say, one of those films good to have, as it can be viewed over and over. Thanks for the info.
Posted on Oct 13, 2008 7:57:50 PM PDT
Sounds like a classic I can dig, though Westerns are not often on my main viewing list. Great review. By the way, I understand not wanting to review lower star movies but I like to think the lower star reviews are warnings to others more than anything else. Keep writing.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2008 8:22:27 PM PDT
Thanks. We don't get too many really good westerns anymore, so it really stands out when one is made. Yeah, lower starred reviews can offer customers a real service, letting them know the drawbacks of something perhaps worth getting, but with reservations. I've decided to not purchase certain items after reading such reviews from those who's opinion I trust. I pretty much just watch what I really enjoy, and just made a decision a long time ago not to write about anything I didn't really love or find enough merit in to rate very high. Figured there were plenty of good reviewers who would do this, and I could just use my small forum to recommend stuff I really wanted people to see, or hear, or read. Even then it isn't a done deal, as everyone has slightly different tastes, but overall, I've gotten a lot of good feedback for classic films and other items I've recommended so am happy to keep doing what I'm doing. The reviews for items less than stellar quality are valuable to the consumer also. Especially nowadays, no one wants to waste their money!
Thanks for the feedback.
Posted on Mar 3, 2010 6:48:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2010 6:53:45 PM PST
I really enjoyed this movie..
Kilmer was excellent as Doc Holiday....
I agree with Barbara above, Kilmer certainly
stole some of the scenes, but I believe
Kurt Russell held his own. While I enjoyed Wyatt Earp
it lulled in places ,Tombstone is a cut above
and according to the reviews others agree too.
I have both movies.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010 7:20:36 PM PST
I like this one best also. Kilmer puts it a cut above I believe, with his terrific portrayal of Doc Holiday. Thanks for commenting.
Posted on Apr 8, 2010 12:00:16 AM PDT
C. Joy says:
It's Marshal or US Marshal NOT Marshall with 2 L's.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 2:34:01 PM PDT
The typo has been corrected.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2010 7:23:45 AM PDT
"I'm Your Huckleberry" is slang for "I'm your right-hand man - you can count on me."