Wild Bill (1995 film)

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Wild Bill
Wild Bill (film poster).jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Walter Hill
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
Written by Walter Hill
Based on Deadwood 
by Pete Dexter
Fathers and Sons 
by Thomas Babe
Narrated by John Hurt
Starring Jeff Bridges
Ellen Barkin
John Hurt
Diane Lane
Keith Carradine
Christina Applegate
Bruce Dern
James Gammon
David Arquette
Marjoe Gortner
Music by Van Dyke Parks
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern II
Editing by Freeman A. Davies
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • December 1, 1995 (1995-12-01)
Running time 98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Box office $2,167,808

Wild Bill is a 1995 Western film about the last days of legendary lawman Wild Bill Hickok. It stars Jeff Bridges, Ellen Barkin, John Hurt and Diane Lane. The film was distributed by United Artists. It was written and directed by Walter Hill, with writing credits also going to Pete Dexter, author of the book Deadwood, and Thomas Babe, author of the play Fathers and Sons.


A well-known lawman and scout of the 19th Century's western frontier, Wild Bill Hickok (Jeff Bridges) has drifted to Deadwood, Dakota Territory. Jack McCall (David Arquette) is a young man whose mother and family have been slighted by Bill in the past, and is out for revenge.

Troubled by his on-again, off-again relationship with a woman called Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin), haunted by the ghosts of his past, and struggling with failing eyesight, Wild Bill faces with grave concern the arrival of this dangerous newcomer to town.



The film received mixed reviews, with a 41% rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[1] and a 5.8 on the Internet Movie Database.[2]


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