Top 5 Underappreciated Films of Dennis Quaid

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3.  Wyatt Earp (1994)

Critically and commercially unsuccessful (like some of Costner’s films at the time), Wyatt Earp is a pale anemic film in comparison to the much better (and successful) Tombstone (1993).   The film is overlong, overacted and extremely romanticized version of the legend of Earp.  The one bright spot of this film is Dennis Quaid’s performance as Doc Holliday.  Now it is EXTREMELY unfair to compare the performance of Quaid and Kilmer’s “Doc” from Tombstone, but if you look at these individual performances in reference to their respective films, Quaid elevates his film while Kilmer maintains his.  In my view if you can make a crap movie better, you are a better actor, not taking ANYTHING away from Kilmer (Tombstone is by far his best performance ever), but Quaid beats him here.  The movie is worth Quaid’s performance if you can sit through the 212 min. running time.

Let’s see Kilmer grow THIS mustache!

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Author: Lazz82

Random Spewer of Useless Knowledge is my official title. Connoisseur of films, music and video games. Throwing some knowledge your way!
  • Romeo Garcia.

    I have switchback on DVD and for me is one of the best thrillers of the 90’s….This simple one of the best underated movies of all time!!!

    • Eizzy IceBorne

      Absolutely right, that thriller is one of the best of the 90’s and I also like “Pandorum”. The movie is fine space horror with everything good space horror needs.

  • justjoe

    Great article, Dennis Quaid is one of the actors who makes him even crappy movie (like Pandorum) interesting and fun to watch.

    • al

      Pandorum crappy?GTFO!

      • justjoe

        Yeah, just my opinion. The sets and the atmosphere were aces but the story was a mess. Too many moving parts and too much ideas thrown into the mix.

        • DevilMayhem666

          Its only a mess if they aren’t integrated well which it was.

  • Teamangle03

    I always thought Quaid was a more believable Doc Holliday. Great list

  • Juggernaut

    Dennis Quaid for Expendables 3!!!

    • Dedpool

      YES!!! He’d be the one that went and took a desk job and had a family!

      • Juggernaut

        Yep. My thoughts exactly.

        • Lazz82

          Dragonheart is Awesome!

          • Nix

            I saw Dragonheart on the big screen. It was indeed awesome. Plus Dina Meyer was dreamy.

  • Dedpool

    Loved Pandorum! What a mind trip! And I’m kinda mad Dragonheart isn’t on here but that’s because everyone knows that movie was awesome and he was awesome in it! LOL Great list I’m 100% in agreement, especially GIJoe

  • Debo4735

    What about the movies Frequency and Any Given Sunday? They were two really good, under appreciated movies.

    • Lazz82

      They were financially successful though, I was trying to do financially/critically unsuccessful, or just CRAP movies. Frequency was a critical and financial success, Any given Sunday was a great film but Dennis Quad kind of got lost in the shuffle with everyone else in it.

  • Tin Hoang

    I think Footloose should be on there!

  • Tin Hoang

    Everybody, Footloose!

  • Raaga666

    What about Innerspace? Joe Dante (and his regular bunch of character actors), Martin Short and Mmmmmeg Ryan?

    • Brent McKnight

      Innerspace is rad!

    • Lazz82

      “Innerspace” was critically acclaimed for the most part (even though audiences showed it little love during it’s run), so in that way it was “appreciated”

  • ErickKwon

    Nice shoutout to “Event Horizon” re: “Pandorum”. It almost felt like producer P.W.S. Anderson was doing a redux of his haunted house/spaceship gore-fest, but without the nightmare-inducing black box footage