Bruce Fretts
December 15, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wild Bill

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Ellen Barkin, Jeff Bridges
director
Walter Hill
genre
Drama, Western

We gave it a B+

Wild Bill (R) This vivid Western from writer-director Walter Hill begins by galloping through the early exploits of the legendary gunslinger James Butler ”Wild Bill” Hickok (Jeff Bridges), an hombre so ornery he’d shoot a man just for touching his hat. Yet most of the action occurs during Hickok’s final days, as the opium-smoking, glaucoma-stricken marksman reflects on his life. The film succeeds as a study of a man whose idiosyncratic code of justice eventually catches up with him. B+

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