CINEMA: Shoot-Out At the Zz

Corral Wyatt Earp is a soporific ride on an endless trail to nowhere

You can play Wyatt Earp heroically, as a mythopoeic legend of the Old West, riding out of some misty nowhsere to bring peace, justice and other good values to the American frontier. You can play him antiheroically (which is probably closer to the historical truth), as a wandering thug who, when he isn't dealing faro or looking for a gold strike, occasionally makes a living as a peace officer not entirely immune to corruption. What you shouldn't do -- especially at 3 hours and 15 minutes, a length that implicitly promises epic grandeur -- is turn his story into a solemn...

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