Wild Bill: A Hollywood Maverick

Film, Documentaries

Time Out says

William Augustus Wellman ('My father gave me that name so I'd learn how to fight') came back from the Great War with a new nickname, a steel plate in his head, and enough experience to fuel 76 tough and tender movies, 'films you have to reach for', as Tab Hunter puts it. A handful are classics - the original A Star Is Born, The Public Enemy, Nothing Sacred - but somehow the oeuvre has escaped the critical attention it deserves. At the very least, this thorough, impressive documentary will have you desperate to catch up with half a dozen lesser known titles, but it also serves as a probing biography of a fascinating life. Unusually astute anecdotes and insights come from an all-star line-up: Eastwood, Redford, Peck, Poitier, Mitchum, Scorsese, even Nancy Reagan, marred only slightly by the Alec Baldwin's purple narration ('directing a motion picture might be akin to helming a ship called Genesis').


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Todd Robinson
Todd Robinson
William Wellman
Clint Eastwood
Robert Redford
Sidney Poitier
Gregory Peck
Charles Buddy Rogers
Nancy Reagan
Robert Mitchum
Martin Scorsese
Alec Baldwin
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