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Movie : Doc

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Cowboy (Doc) comes into a cantina in the middle of nowhere. Plays a game of cards and wins a woman, Kate.  They make their way to Tombstone and part ways. Her to continue her whoring and him to gamble. Doc runs into his old friend Wyatt Earp who wants to partner up and basically run the town. Wyatt knowing that having Doc on his side if things get a little violent is a good bet. There are a few things to clean up before they get their way. One is a family of cowboys that Earp is fighting with. This comes to a head at the OK Corral.

CB was living in the movie house back when this film was released. These were the kind of gritty films I was getting exposed to. The sheen was off the apple. Doc is gritty, violent and raw. Frank Perry doesn’t play it straight. The film has a dusty look and feel. Perry does a lot of things right. One thing I like is Perry doesn’t have a big divide between the so called law and the people on the other side of it.

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The thing that really stands out for me are the performances . The support is strong. The three leads are very good and I bought the relationships and the interacting between them. I felt these people knew each other and had some history. A small thing was Wyatt calling Doc John instead of Doc. Small but great personal choice. Faye Dunaway isn’t afraid to look disheveled and a little worn. She really adds to the film with her natural, truthful style. She plays it for real

Harris Yulin as Wyatt Earp was an odd choice for me. When he first came on screen I was a little skeptical but he soon had me with the depth he brought to the character. He makes Earp a complex, self driven, measured and violent man. His relationship with with Keach is a strong point of the film. Harris is exceptional (Why wasnt this guy in more good films?)

Stacey Keach as Doc Holiday is not pushed, just quiet, subtle and truthful. He doesnt overdo Holiday’s sickness but you know it’s there and the health is not good. Keach is carrying a lot of demons in the character (even a drug habit) but they never get in the way. They just make up who he is. Really good work. Keach is a good actor.

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Doc might not be up there with the best westerns but it’s close enough for me. Almost like an underground western. I don’t know how many people saw this film, all I know is I like the job it did with a story that has been filmed various times. I really like this version. I was engaged from start to finish. Doc and Wyatt aren’t real nice guys. Oh yeah, good sound track. One other thing don’t get into a gunfight at close range against guys with shotguns.

“You’d be surprised the things you can solve with a gun”

“If it were’t for bad people Wyatt, what would you do for a livin”

 

 

 

46 comments on “Movie : Doc

  1. hotfox63
    September 6, 2020

    Showdown at the O.K. Corral?

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  2. Heavy Metal Overload
    September 6, 2020

    I’ve often seen this in the racks and not been sure whether to try it. I will now. Always like to see Keach on screen anyway. A great presence. Just saw him in The Ninth Configuration a while back and loved that.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 6, 2020

      Keach is subtle but believable. I like his style. The whole film suits his style
      You have me searching for ‘Ninth”. I dont know how I missed it. Right up my alley. I like a lot of actors that are that. ‘Fat City’ is a great Keach film.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    September 6, 2020

    I just took a look at Keach on IMDB. He has been in a million movies and TV shows. I didn’t know that he has been so active. Enjoy the upcoming week, CB. See ya.

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  4. deKE
    September 6, 2020

    I was sold on that first paragraph! lol

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 6, 2020

      I try to emulate those old pulp novels where they just had the back cover to sell the story. And we all want to walk into a cantina in the middle of nowhere and win a women named Kate in a game of cards.

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  5. Jim S.
    September 7, 2020

    Never heard of this one. 1971. That goes back to the heyday of the last great flicks. I looked this one up and found out that Pete Hamill – the great NYC journalist who died a month or so ago – wrote the screenplay. Good timing. The title stays with me..(Hasn’t CB run out of Westerns yet?)

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 7, 2020

      I forgot the “dedication”. Obviously I was thinking of the connection. I think you’d like this Doc. Hamill did a good job with this. Anything I should pick up to read by him?
      I think I’ve covered most the dusters that really grabbed me. Still a few kicking around.

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      • Jim S.
        September 7, 2020

        I should have mentioned that Hamill was first and foremost a journalist. His sideline was the other writing. It just so happens I lived in NYC in that same time period when the movie came out and so I used to read him in one of tabloids all the time. He was of that generation of hard-driinking, two-fisted American reporters who came of age in the 50’s and 60’s. But I have two of his books on my to-read list: A Drinking Life, about his struggles with that, and a book called Why Sinatra Matters. He was friends with Ol’ Blue Eyes and lays out his case for the greatness of the man’s singing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 7, 2020

        He would show up on different docs I watched.

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      • Jim S.
        September 8, 2020

        Don’t know if you’re an Oliver Stone fan but I just read his autobio Chasing the Light. Interesting book about the trials and tribulations of making a flick. He covers ‘Salvador’ in some detail and ends with ‘Platoon.’ That was in ’86 so I’m guessing there’ll be a sequel.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        I like Platoon and will revisit Salvador.. Never seen the Doors. The book sounds interesting. I like reading about the makings of things not the fluff shit.

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      • Jim S.
        September 9, 2020

        You might hear more about Stone’s life than you wanted to. But it’s interesting how his Vietnam experience shaped him. And he really just kicked around till he was 30. But the stories about getting those movies made in places like Mexico and the Philippines are harrowing. Always one step from disaster or running out of money. He’s a ballsy filmmaker. I think you’d dig it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        I’ll keep an eye out. I’ve read a few. The good ones that come to mind are Ford, Peckinpah, Hitchcock, Lean
        If you havent seen ‘Burden Of Dreams” yet, watch it for a cluster of craziness on film making. Thanks for the tip, I will read it when I find it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 7, 2020

      Forgot to note your “1971” bit. Yeah, this has that vibe all over it.

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      • Jim S.
        September 7, 2020

        Faye Dunaway really blew it not too long ago. She came to Beantown to do a play and treated the cast and crew like shit. Full-on diva behavior. She slapped some dude. They sacked her. I don’t think she even made it to opening night. Fucking actors, man. Can’t control ’em.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 7, 2020

        Faye Faye Faye, time to take a bow.

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  6. badfinger20 (Max)
    September 7, 2020

    Looks great man… Faye Dunaway…I’ve liked her ever since I saw her in Bonnie and Clyde. I love the time frame it was filmed in…

    These movies you feature CB…grit seems to be the denominator on many of them…and that is great with me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 7, 2020

      CB likes a little grit in the suntan lotion. Faye is good in this. She got on a run after B&C.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 7, 2020

        That is right…Chinatown was after this…I like good westerns. I with you on grit….more for westerns than other films for me.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 7, 2020

        Talk about grit, Keach did Fat City (I think before this). Huston directed and it is a CB grit special. A fave for sure.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 7, 2020

        I haven’t seen that one either. Bailey and I were reaching the other day on what to see…good I can have two loaded anyway.
        As you probably know already…I love that time period for films.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 7, 2020

        Fat City is a special film. You want to feel like your on skid row in the 70’s this is the one. Filmed in Stockton ( I think). It’s a doc style movie following a washed up, boozed up ex boxer living out his life on the skids. A great boxing film. No glamour on this one max. Susan Tyrrel is fantastic. Hit the skids for a good one Max. The cinematography captures the essence.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 7, 2020

        Cool man. Sounds like a great one…you have some cool ones on your radar.
        I just looked up Susan….yea I’ve seen her in few things.
        Looks like that one may be tomorrow night. Nothing says grit like the 70s.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 7, 2020

        Kristofferson has a song on the soundtrack and it’s perfect. Helps with that 70’s thing.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 9, 2020

        We saw Fat City last night. Some really good scenes in it…I like the one with
        Susan Tyrrell and Keach at the bar. We use to play in dives in the eighties and when I saw the scene…I thought…I know them…or have known people like them.

        I love the ending how everything goes still and then silent at the end. The filming locations were perfect.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        You’re making want to watch it. Low rent at it’s best “You can count on me”. ‘”How would you lie to wake up in the morning and be him? … waste” That last scene is a killer. So real. Conrad Hall was the cinematographer. Get the young lad to check out more of his work.
        Playing those bars you would certainly know the vibe of those places. I’d like to see one of your set lists from back then. I could guess a few for sure (A little CCR for sure).

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 9, 2020

        I want to rewatch it. Bailey must have known about the movie because when I told him he started on about the cinematographer.

        This was a part of it
        Jumping Jack Flash
        Stand By Me
        The Needle and the Spoon
        Lodi
        Wonderful Tonight
        Crossroads
        When You’re Only Lonely
        Typical Bar band material…but really not much from the 80s

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        He’s photgraphed a bunch of films I love ‘In Cold Blood’ Marathon Man’ ‘Cool Hand Luke’ to name a few.
        I love that set list Max. I knew CCR would be there. I bet a few country songs would be in the requests. How about Elvis?

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 9, 2020

        Suspicious Minds with Elvis…it was fun to kick that song in…fun playing with the dynamics. Country would be Merle Haggard Mama Tried…

        Cool Hand Luke…I must watch that again…it’s been a long time since Marathon Man. I remember the Mad magazine send up on that one.
        We also have Doc in line.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        I love yur memories from the bar days. I was one of the guys yelling out requests “In Da Gadda Da Vida’
        You cant lose with any of those picks if you ask me.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 9, 2020

        Hey that is way better than “Freebird!” That we heard on a nightly basis. We were an eighties band without any eighties songs.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        September 9, 2020

        “Take This Job And Shove It!!!”

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        September 9, 2020

        classic!

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  7. BuriedOnMars
    September 7, 2020

    I’ve never heard of this one so it is underground for me!

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  8. Tommy
    September 9, 2020

    CB, you turned me on to this one a few months ago and I really liked it – especially the atmosphere and the attitude. The performances are excellent, too – but I like this one as a piece. I wish they still made movies this way, a little on the small side, a little quirky – it’s a “filmy” kinda film 🙂

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 9, 2020

      Yeah i was going to mention that a NYC critic (Jethro) just watched it recently and liked it. Music Enthusiast pointed out the sreenplay was written by Pete Hamill. What’s with you shit kickers from NY? Absolutely on your comment.

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  9. Tommy
    September 9, 2020

    When I say that about smaller films, it feels like nowadays everything has to have mass appeal, and different elements of a mass audience have to be catered to. I like it better when they let the writers and directors be creative and do what pleases THEM and fulfills their vision. That’s how you get great movies, not the way they do it now most of the time.

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  10. 1dancequeendq
    September 10, 2020

    A very moody movie. I remember it. I wanted to get inside Doc’s head to understand what was really going on.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      September 10, 2020

      Very cool that you know this one. Keach had something he was working with internally. It would have been interesting to ask him.

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