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 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 8/10/17

I love westerns. I grew up watching old movies on TV as well as westerns from 60's TV. My dad loved "Bonanza" and "Gunsmoke," so I saw those as well.  Most modern day westerns are more realistic, at least in the sense that they have a lot more violence, blood and gore. Hickok is not too bad that way and seems to be more like an old-fashioned western. It seems more like a TV movie or miniseries than a real theater movie, yet it's not as good as many great western miniseries like "Lonesome Dove," "Texas Rising," or "Hatfields & McCoys."

"Wild Bill" Hickok is the star of one our great American stories as well as a historical figure. He moved a lot and had an exciting life with many professions and perils.  This movie concentrates on just one period where he was a marshall in Abilene. It doesn't make him out to be a good guy, but it does make him to be somewhat of a hero, at least in the context of his time there.

It's not historically accurate, but that's not a big deal. You can look up on Wikipedia about what happened to him there. The story of the movie is a good one, but it just seems a bit too familiar, like many western movies we've seen before.

It has an excellent cast. Luke Hemsworth (one of the famous Aussie Hemsworth brothers) stars as Bill Hickok. He does a fine job and certainly has the looks and charisma to pull it off. Trace Adkins plays the local big shot businessman and saloon owner, Phil Poe.  Cameron Richardson plays Poe's fiance, who also used to be Bill's lover.  Smaller, but pivotal parts are played by Bruce Dern and Kris Kristofferson.

The film starts with a civil war battle and has many great fight scenes. They clearly did a good job with that. I just would have preferred to see either more accuracy or a slightly better story that didn't use so many familiar western movie tropes. It's an interesting movie, but don't expect too much. For great westerns, go watch some old John Wayne films.

There are some interesting features about the movie. However, a lot of the speaking is done by the director, who is really really boring...a horrible speaker. We don't hear from the cast at all. That's too bad.


Saddle Up for the Frontier Thriller HICKOK, Starring Luke Hemsworth, Kris Kristofferson, Trace Adkins and Bruce Dern, Riding Onto 4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray/DVD on 8/15

"Hickok is a wild ride..."
-- Insite Magazine
 "Boasts plenty of gritty period atmosphere... Hickok will prove appealing to the...filmgoer who complains that "they don't make 'em like that anymore."
-- Hollywood Reporter


Following its Theatrical Release, the Action-Packed Story of the West's
Most Notorious Gunslinger and His Road to Redemption Will Roll Into Retail
on Loaded 4K UHD + BD ($29.99srp) and DVD ($14.93srp); Bonus Features Include "The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok" and Deleted Scenes

Hickok Official Trailer
In the hopes of escaping his past as a notorious outlaw, "Wild Bill" Hickok seeks redemption as a small town lawman.  Unfortunately, as the titular gunslinger discovers, the past has a way of catching up with you in HICKOK, a frontier thriller starring Luke Hemsworth in his first leading role in a feature film; the period Western from Cinedigm and Status Media also stars Trace Adkins, Country Music Hall of Famer and Golden GlobeŽ-winner Kris Kristofferson and OscarŽ-nominee Bruce Dern.  On August 15, the gritty western rolls into retail on 4K UHD + BD and DVD; it is also available on all leading digital platforms and on demand.
The story of the West's most notorious gunslinger and his road to redemption, HICKOK finds the infamous, hard-drinking outlaw (Hemsworth) in 1870's Abilene, Kansas, seeking to start a new life.  Captivated by Wild Bill's unparalleled gun skills, the mayor, George Knox, (Kristofferson) quickly ropes him in as the town marshal.  Recognizing the need to clamp down on the wildest cow-town in the west, Hickok soon finds himself at the center of a controversial ordinance while dispensing his own brand of frontier justice.  His attempts to protect Abilene, however, are quickly challenged by a band of outlaws led by powerful saloon owner Phil Poe (Adkins).  And when Poe places a bounty on Wild Bill's head, the marshal, with the help of outlaw turned lawman John Wesley Hardin, makes a stand for Abilene and his new life, while putting his reputation as the fastest draw in the west on the line.

Shot on the dusty, turn-of-the-century sets like Melody Ranch, which is also home to HBO's hit series "Westworld," the action-packed HICKOK, directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Traded, Weaponized, 4Got10) and written by Michael Lanahan, is filled with gritty authenticity.  Variety calls it "a respectfully sincere retelling of a familiar legend," and of Hemsworth's star turn, The Hollywood Reporter declares, "following in the footsteps of such actors as Gary Cooper, Jeff Bridges and Sam Elliott, among many others, the burly Hemsworth proves more than credible with his portrayal of the iconic gunslinger."
  • Luke Hemsworth ("Westworld")
  • Trace Adkins (Stagecoach, Traded, Deepwater Horizon)
  • Kris Kristofferson (Traded, A Star is Born, Blade, Billy the Kid)
  • Bruce Dern (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, Nebraska). 
  • Cameron Richardson (Flashburn, "Murder in the First", Alvin and the Chipmunks)
  • Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereasu (American Violence, Den of Thieves)
  • Robert Catrini ("Bosch," Jack Reacher: Never Go Back)
  • Hunter Fischer (Traded, American Violence) 
  • Featurette: "The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok"
  • 3 deleted Scenes
Format: 4KUHD+ BD/DVD (Single)
Catalog #:  4KUHD+ BD (ST5418)/DVD (ST5417)
SRP:  4KUHD+ BD ($29.99)/DVD ($14.93)
Running Time: 88 mins. + extras
Genre:  Western
Audio: Dolby 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 (2.40:1)

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