Hour of the Gun (1967) - Western

Hohum Score

15

Watchable

Marshal Wyatt Earp kills a couple of men of the Clanton gang in a fight. In revenge, Clanton's thugs kill the Marshal's brother. Thus, Wyatt starts to chase the killers together with his friend Doc Holliday.

IMDB: 6.7
Director: John Sturges
Stars: James Garner, Jason Robards
Length: 100 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 48 found boring (10.41%)

One-line Reviews (27)

It's as absorbing now as when I first saw it.

Overall this is a solid and enjoyable period western.

The story is just boring enough to be believable.

This story idea gets tedious after a while and this film doesn't help its chances much.

This only seems slightly self-indulgent for the filmmakers.

Jerry Goldsmith's evocative music seems inseparable from the gritty action.

Being that this is a pseudo-sequel to director John Sturges' own Gunfight At The OK Corral, this has the feeling of being dropped into the middle of a four-hour mini-series, jettisoning all the get-to-know- you stuff and romantic subplots of all the other Wyatt Earp movies and instead focusing on fast-moving action and tough dialog.

Robards is enjoyable as Holliday and has one of the film's best dialogue scenes when he confronts the man he once looked up to.

This thrilling film contains a spectacular and atmospheric musical score by the great Jerry Goldsmith .

The movie is an entertaining western that provides plenty of action as well as scenic views of the wide open spaces.

The Mexican locations are magnificent, but the story is rather convoluted and is only engaging if you're up on the two factions and the characters thereof.

Writing kudos to Edward Anhalt who takes the gnarly legal situations of the film and makes them gripping as scenes are set up to examine the way in which Wyatt Earp uses the instruments of the law-enforcement system to bring the Clanton Brothers to trial for their wide-ranging activity of robbery and assassinations.

Nevertheless, it's compelling to see this part of the story done well.

Nice scenery and good music add to the film, though it can be a bit tiresome in spots.

Reportedly the John Sturges-directed, ponderous Hour of the Gun that came some ten years after the high-profile flourished Gunfight at the OK Corral, was a much more appreciated film.

" was often unassuming at best and plain dull at worst in its framing (additionally hindered by some obvious studio shots presenting the outdoors), Sturges gets the most out of his shots here.

Summing up: Sturdy western is enjoyable and deserves appreciation by a wider audience.

Unexciting,ponderous and disappointing is my verdict.

The reason it's worth watching is for Jason Robards' stand out performance, some excellent dialog, and fine music by Jerry Goldsmith.

" which was simply a chore to go through and a bore when one got there.

Slow, meticulous, brilliant .

No frills, no boring love interest, just an intense pursuit until the final brilliantly executed showdown in Mexico.

In more recent years, "Tombstone" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) gave us more intense portraits.

Though not one of the all-time best, it's exciting and highly watchable.

Sometimes it feels as if it's just a series of drab scenes interrupted by bursts of violence every so often.

¨Hour of guns¨ packs an enjoyable and glimmer cinematography by Lucien Ballard .

Ryan doesn't appear on screen as much as one would like, but his presence adds gravity to his role and he's always worth watching.