'Doc'

1971

Western

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Faye Dunaway as Katie Elder
Stacy Keach as Doc Holliday
Harris Yulin as Wyatt Earp
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Charles Tatum 8 / 10

Historically, this movie is what one found in the stalls at the O. K. Corral.

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.

Reviewed by EmperorNortonII 6 / 10

Very well done

"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 classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Lady, where I go, I go alone..."

It's been a long while since I've watched 1993's "Tombstone" and 1994's "Wyatt Earp", and my recollection is that I enjoyed them both quite well. It's a pretty fair conclusion to draw that none of the films depicting Wyatt Earp and the events at the OK Corral were ever done entirely accurately, but those two came pretty close, depending on your view of the Earp Brothers and their place in Western legend. For what it's worth, "Doc" may be even more historically accurate regarding the motives of Wyatt and his ambitions in Tombstone, even if the film's finale is entirely off the mark. The 'real' gunfight, as much as history can offer us, lasted only about thirty seconds, with thirty one shots fired, and only the McLaury Brothers and Bill Clanton dead. Before he was cut down, Clanton injured Virgil and Morgan, while Doc Holliday caught a bullet in the hip. Unarmed Ike Clanton and young Billy Clayborn (not a character here, but presumably 'The Kid') backed out of the fight and ran away.

This revisionist telling of the Earp legend won't please everyone, so if you'll be offended by the portrayal of the Earps here as opportunistic heels, it's a fair bet you should stay away. A 1998 compilation of fact based histories titled "Gunfighters of the West" from Wellspring Entertainment offers a compelling view of both the Earps and the Clantons, and neither is pretty. While the Clantons and McLaury's represented the rowdy 'cowboy' element, the Earps weren't above running gambling tables and brothels, while operating as a veritable protection racket for the good folks of Tombstone. Virgil was the assistant town marshal to Sheriff Johnny Behan, and Morgan often rode shotgun on the Benson stagecoach. Both Behan and Wyatt had designs on becoming Sheriff of Cochise County (not Tombstone), because that's where the money was. The county sheriff job, through taxation and other forms of revenue, was worth about forty thousand dollars; translate that into more than a half million today.

Fact and fiction parallel nicely here in the latter half of the picture when Wyatt (Harris Yulin) tries to make a deal with Ike Clanton (Michael Witney) by offering twenty thousand dollars for turning in Ringo Kid (Denver John Collins) for the stagecoach robbery. Historically, the smooth and popular Johnny Behan got Wyatt to back out of running for County Sheriff if Wyatt would accept a Chief Deputy position, with both splitting the spoils of the office. When Behan reneged, the bad blood between the two only heightened, and was made more complicated by Wyatt moving in on Behan's girl, Josephine 'Josie' Marcus.

But wait a minute, this is John Henry 'Doc' Holliday's picture. A dentist by trade, and a gambler and gunman by conviction, Stacy Keach's portrayal rivals that of Val Kilmer's in 'Tombstone" (personally, I like Kilmer better). Doc's reputation as the fastest, deadliest and best gunfighter of the territory was well warranted, but it surprised me (and quite frankly bothered me), that the film writers had Doc involved in that cowardly kill of The Kid in the finale. Along with the entirely one sided portrayal of the Earps as dirt bags, it's not too much of a stretch to say that even-handedness didn't get in the way of this story's outcome.

All that said, it's probably wishful thinking that a completely unbiased telling of the OK Corral legend could ever be told, with adherents on both sides of the fence regarding the reputations of the Earp Brothers and Doc Holliday. If you side with the detractors, you'll probably go along with Doc's assessment when he says to his friend - "You sound like bad people Wyatt". Earp's response - "We are John".

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