Sun May 01, 18:25

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.

  • Who Played Doc Holliday Best?B.J., Mon Apr 25 23:34
    • Depends. — olds, Sun May 01 18:25
    • Re: Who Played Doc Holliday Best?Dan Brown, Sun May 01 12:11
      Val Kilmer, Dennis Quaid and...Kirk Douglas. I always enjoyed his performance. And last, Victor Mature.
    • With bias and ignorance…Karen M, Wed Apr 27 11:25
      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 never... more
      • Re: With bias and ignorance…Bob Cash, Fri Apr 29 14:43
        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 people."... more
        • Quaid’s resemblance to DocWayne Sanderson, Fri Apr 29 21:30
          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 resembled... more
        • Bob/ bias and...Joyce A. Aros, Fri Apr 29 15:00
          ...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 hard... more
      • DocSharon Cunningham, Thu Apr 28 6:08
        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. Shar... more
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