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Hickok (2017)

Not Rated | | Western | 7 July 2017 (USA)
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Legendary lawman and gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok, is tasked with taming the wildest cow-town in the west. While delivering his own brand of frontier justice, the infamous gunfighter's reputation as the fastest draw in the west is put to the test.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Hemsworth ... Wild Bill Hickok
Kris Kristofferson ... George Knox
Trace Adkins ... Phil Poe
Bruce Dern ... Doc Rivers O'Roark
Cameron Richardson ... Mattie
Kaiwi Lyman ... John Wesley Hardin
Hunter Fischer ... Joey
Peter Sherayko ... Trail Boss
Jason Lively ... Ike
Bertrand-Xavier Corbi ... Sullivan (as Betrand Corbi)
Brittany Elizabeth Williams ... Carrie (as Brittany Williams)
Christopher Troy ... Sodbuster
Christopher M. Walker ... Jessie (as Christopher Walker)
Henry Penzi ... Conductor
Shannon Makhanian ... Glenda
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Legendary lawman and gunslinger, Wild Bill Hickok, is tasked with taming the wildest cow-town in the west. While delivering his own brand of frontier justice, the infamous hard-drinking gunfighter's reputation as the fastest draw in the west is put to the test. Written by Status Media & Entertainment

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abilene See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Phil Poe was actually called Phil Coe and owned the Bull's Head Saloon with partner Ben Thompson, an English born gambler, gunman and sometimes lawman. The dispute between the partners and Hickok began when angry residents complained about the large bull with an erect penis Coe and Thompson had painted on the side of their saloon. Hickok ordered it removed. Coe and Thompson refused so Hickok altered the sign himself which infuriated the two men who then tried to unsuccessfully coerce John Wesley Hardin to shoot Hickok. Later during a brawl Coe fired two shots into the air (Thompson was out of town) and drew the attention of Hickok who ordered Coe to disarm. Coe instead raised his gun towards Hickok who fired first and killed the saloon owner. Hickok then saw movement in his periphery, spun and fired and realised too late he had killed his Deputy and friend Mike Williams whose death haunted him for the rest of his life. See more »

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As you see the train crossing a ravine, the camera shot pans over the bridge. A the bottom of the ravine you can see silage rolls in white plastic covers lined along the waterway. See more »

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Mattie: [to Hickok] You need to leave. Poe will be here soon. Whatever shortcomings he may have... he's punctual.
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Watchable
16 August 2017 | by rutzelbSee all my reviews

Wild Bill Hickok (Luke Helmsworth) comes to Abilene, a western cow town that needs taming and Mayor Knox (Kris Kristofferson) makes him the Marshall.

This is somewhat disappointing because there are good acting scenes and poorly acted scenes. You decide how correct I am. The scenes with Hickok and Dr. O'Rourke ( Bruce Dern) were very good; and also the dialogues between Hickok and Mayor Knox were spot on; and I even liked the banter between Hickok and John Wesley Hardin (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau). All the rest of the scenes and dialogues were not as good, but the talks between Hickok and Mattie (Cameron Richardson) his love interest were okay. Trace Atkins is okay as Poe, the owner of the saloon. He originally likes Hickok, but after Hickok affects his business by not allowing guns in town, he does everything to have his boys kill Hickok.

Was I looking for a shoot-out between Hickok and John Wesley Hardin? Of course. Checking with Wikipedia we see that Hickok and John Wesley Hardin did know each other and when Hickok told Hardin to turn in his guns, he did. But in the movie he didn't. In the movie, Hickok made him a Deputy Marshall.

Yes, Hickok does pretend that John Wesley Hardin is not John Wesley Harden for if he was, then Hickok would have to arrest him because Hardin is a wanted man. Interesting take here.

Was this a really good western? No. A lot of stuff needed work, mostly quicker responses from the players at times. Let me say this: if the bad guys were better bad guys, then this may have saved the movie. Didn't happen. For example, the bad guys shoot into a cabin where Hickok and Mattie are and throw a stick of dynamite into the cabin. Hickok tosses it outside, but the bad guys think they killed Hickok and didn't check. See? This was just one small example.

Also I kept hearing that this was Drover town, but I didn't see one cow. A Drover is someone who drives cows to market. We should have seen at least one cow. Bummer.

A sort of interesting aside: I noticed most players wore their guns in not the usual place on their hips.

All in all this was watchable, and yes, somewhat disappointing, too, and we wished it was better. (5/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: Yes, almost when Hickok and Mattie get together. Language: Small stuff and not much of it.


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