In old age, James Hickock (Jeff Bridges) reflects on the events that transformed him into the Western legend Wild Bill. Reliving his life, he remembers those (including John Hurt and Ellen Barkin) who helped him become one of the most famous gunmen in the Old West — but he can never live up to his reputation. This touching film is based on two different sources: the book &NFi;Deadwood&NFi_; by Peter Dexter and the play “Fathers and Sons” by Thomas Babe.
Walter Hill (born January 10, 1940) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Hill is known for male-dominated action films and revival of the Western.
Hill was born in Long Beach, California. Growing up in southern California, Hill was asthmatic as a child and, as a result, missed several years of school. He spent much of his time daydreaming, reading comic books, and listening to radio serials. Hill said his father and grandfather were “smart, physical men who worked with their heads and their hands” and had “great mechanical ability.” His paternal grandfather was a wildcat oil driller. Hill worked in the oil fields as a roustabout on Signal Hill near Los Angeles during summers of the latter part of his high school years and several more years while in college. During one summer, he ran an asbestos pipe-cutting machine and worked as a spray painter. After a stint at Mexico City College, he later majored in history at Michigan State University.
Hill began… read more