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Outride the Devil - A Morning With Doc Holliday (2005)

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Outride the Devil was filmed at the Creative Arts Theatre in Arlington, Texas. The play presents highlights from the last fourteen years of Doc Holliday's life and culminates with a reenactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.Bonus … see full wiki

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend

  • May 21, 2007
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I've seen an awful lot of Westerns, and I've had more than my fair share of debates regarding what film is the quintessential retelling of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (And, yes, for the record my personal favorite has always been -- and probably will always be -- HOUR OF THE GUN, the James Garner / Jason Robards flick that largely dispenses with recounting the events that led up to the gunfight mostly b/c the film begins as the gunfight ends.) Invariably, Kurt Russell's TOMBSTONE and Kevin Costner's WYATT EARP always come up, and I think this is because they were released so closely in cinema history to one another. While both had their own narrative focus and both arguably were greeted with middling box office receipts at best, Western enthusiasts almost always agree on one point: in both cases, Doc Holliday stole both films!

Doc's a character. Equal parts man, myth, and legend, he's an archetype plucked right from the pages of the great American West. He's as fast with his wit as he was with a gun, and that made him so much more than the average good guy or average bad guy. Whether you find him a hero or an antihero, there's plenty to marvel at, to sink you teeth into. As relevant and irascible, Doc Holliday IS a part of history, and OUTRIDE THE DEVIL celebrates this man, myth, and legend with the videotaping of a one-man show performed in front of a studio audience.

It's terrific, and I wouldn't necessarily say that it's for fans of either TOMBSTONE or WYATT EARP, though purists -- the die-hard supporters of either film -- would quite possibly find plenty to enjoy here. The setting is the nursing home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where Doc spent his final days. The premise is that he's encouraged by his nurse to come down one morning and tell his story to the other residents and that's exactly what Doc does. He recounts his humble beginnings, relives the days in Colorado and Arizona, and climaxes where his life was most memorable to him: fighting side by side with Morgan, Virgil and Wyatt Earp in the defining moment of the American West. It's one terrific performance that deserves to be enjoyed again and again, and I give OUTRIDE THE DEVIL the highest recommendation possible.

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