“ This story idea gets tedious after a while and this film doesn't help its chances much.
“ Nevertheless, it's compelling to see this part of the story done well.
“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.
“ It's as absorbing now as when I first saw it.
“ This thrilling film contains a spectacular and atmospheric musical score by the great Jerry Goldsmith .
“ Performances are bland and stilted, the leads (James Garner, Jason Robards, Robert Ryan) stoic, lacking the energy of Lancaster and Douglas in the 57, Fonda's emotionalism in Clementine.
“" 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.
“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.
“ This only seems slightly self-indulgent for the filmmakers.
“ No frills, no boring love interest, just an intense pursuit until the final brilliantly executed showdown in Mexico.
“ 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.
“ The reason it's worth watching is for Jason Robards' stand out performance, some excellent dialog, and fine music by Jerry Goldsmith.
“ Nice scenery and good music add to the film, though it can be a bit tiresome in spots.
“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.
“The movie is an entertaining western that provides plenty of action as well as scenic views of the wide open spaces.
“ Even though its set in the wide-open spaces the aura is close and ponderous and over-explained.
“ 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.
“ Backpedaling in quality from his first Earp saga with anti-hero last gasp westerns (The Wild Bunch, McCabe and Mrs. Miller ) on the horizon Sturgis style became anachronistic, this lumbering bore of an oater, clear evidence.
“ Jerry Goldsmith's evocative music seems inseparable from the gritty action.
“ A problem with many films that try to follow reality too closely, is that they often end up seeming rather dull in cinematic terms and IMO that is what happens here.
“ 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.
“ 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.
“In more recent years, "Tombstone" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994) gave us more intense portraits.
“ Unexciting,ponderous and disappointing is my verdict.
“ ¨Hour of guns¨ packs an enjoyable and glimmer cinematography by Lucien Ballard .
“" which was simply a chore to go through and a bore when one got there.
“Overall this is a solid and enjoyable period western.
“ The story is just boring enough to be believable.
“ Slow, meticulous, brilliant .
“Summing up: Sturdy western is enjoyable and deserves appreciation by a wider audience.