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Score: 75%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Cinedigm
Region: A
Media: 4K Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 88 Mins.
Genre: Western/Drama
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English SDH


  • The Road to Abilene: The Making of Hickok
  • Deleted Scenes

Hickok is the latest Timothy Woodward Jr. (Traded, American Violence) production. Like Traded, Hickok is a western, but this time he draws inspiration from the titular legendary gunslinger and his time as Town Marshal in Abilene, Kansas.

When Wild Bill Hickok (Luke Hemsworth, Neighbours, Westworld) finds his way into the small Kansas town, he quickly catches the eye of several prominent locals, including Mayor George Knox (singer-songwriter and musician Kris Kristofferson, who also appeared in Traded). Knox recognizes that his town has been spiraling towards a lawless end for the past few years, and given that the previous lawman of Abilene has been dead for several months now, he asks Hickok to take the position.

The other man in Abilene to take notice of Hickok's arrival is the owner of the Bull's Head Tavern, Phil Poe (country music singer Trace Adkins, who, like Kristofferson was in Traded). The two men quickly start butting heads, and when Hickok decides to push a law through that bans guns within the town limits, Poe starts to find his saloon more and more empty. Poe decides it's time for the new lawman to retire early and he calls upon another famed gunslinger who happens to be going through Abilene at the time, John Wesley Hardin, AKA Little Arkansas (Kaiwi Lyman-Mersereau).

Meanwhile, what no one expects is for Poe's fiance, Mattie (Cameron Richardson, Harper's Island), to be none other than the woman Hickok left behind when he joined the Union Army during the American Civil War. Mattie makes it known quickly that she wants nothing to do with Bill and she doesn't want her son, Joey (Hunter Fischer, Traded), to be anywhere near the man. Unfortunately, Joey quickly becomes enamored with Hickok and his gunslinging playtime could get the boy into some trouble.

Hickok doesn't come with much in the way of special features. There are three deleted scenes that neither take away nor add to the overall movie and a featurette that has Woodward discussing the work that went into making Hickok.

The 4K version of Hickok looks really good. The dusty brown streets pop really nicely in the Ultra HD resolution, and while the movie as a whole isn't anything to write home about (even the gun-fighting scenes felt a little flat), it still does shows off what the new format can do. I wouldn't recommend Hickok as a purchase, but if you can find a way to rent this in the UHD format, then it is worth it, provided you already have some interest in westerns or Wild Bill's story already, that is.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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