I suspect that the division of opinion pretty much breaks down along two lines of thinking. If what you are after from the performance is some semblance of historical accuracy/authenticity, then perhaps Quaid's portrayal is the one you favor. If, on the other hand, what you prefer is a superlative, sparkling, Oscar-worthy theatrical star-turn, then you doubtless appreciate Kilmer's interpretation of the character. On the other hand, there is no law that says one cannot like both of them, if not equally, then at least for what the respective portrayals offer each in their own way. Personally, I appreciated the one, while enjoying the other. There is this though, that while one of the films in which the character is depicted is eminently watchable, the other is, perhaps, less so.
I have to say Val Kilmer. Having said that - I have a nearly unhealthy affinity for “Tombstone” and the only other movie I’ve watched was “Wyatt Earp” where Dennis Quaid did the honours (and I’ve neve... more
I have always thought Dennis Quaid's Doc was the most authentic because, as pointed out by Karen M., "...the real Doc had more fire behind his temper when it flared, and he had a polarizing effect on ... more
If you look at Dennis Quaid when he costarred in The Long Riders and put him beside John Henry Holliday’s dental school graduation photo, you’ll see that Dennis Quaid, at a similar age VERY closely re... more
...I agree with your appreciation of Dennis Quaid's portrayal. I've never seen Doc as a rogue charmer as many might like to envision him. I really find him thoroughly unlikable and I think he had a ha... more
Karen, I totally agree with your choice of Val Kilmer. He should have been given an Oscar for his performance... alas... Hollywood. I couldn't get thru "Wyatt Earp," either... much too long.