Entertainment Weekly - 05/31/1996
"...Brought growlingly to life by Bridges....Hallucinatory..."
Variety - 11/27/1995
"...[Hill] clearly has an affinity for the Old West and the men who lived in it....Diane Lane is one of the dreamiest visions to hit the territories since Claudia Cardinale..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/01/1995
"...[Bridges] gives us a marvelously rich and honest look at a simple man of legendary pluck....It's a remarkably full performance..."
Uncut - 01/01/2005
"[P]layed with flinty integrity buy the ever-reliable Jeff Bridges."
Director Walter Hill's WILD BILL is a film biography of legendary outlaw James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok (Jeff Bridges). The story covers the major events that shaped the gunman's life, including his work as a Kansas lawman, his stint in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, and his part-time relationship with a whip-wielding Calamity Jane (Ellen Barkin). In addition, the film shows how Hickok gained his deadly reputation, as well as his repeated confrontations with a vengeful young killer named Jack McCall (David Arquette), whose mother was wronged by Hickok years back--and who may or may not be Hickok's own son.
The twilight of Western legend Wild Bill Hickok is portrayed in this hard-drinkin', straight-shootin', take-no-prisoners biopic directed by Walter Hill (THE LONG RIDERS, THE WARRIORS).
Theatrical release: December 1, 1995.
Jeff Bridges tied with Morgan Freeman for third place in the category of best actor of 1995 in voting by the National Society of Film Critics.