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Tombstone (1993)

Directed by:
George P. Cosmatos



130 minutes

Produced by:
James Jacks
Sean Daniel
Bob Misiorowski
Written by:
Kevin Jarre

Cast includes:

Wyatt Earp Kurt Russell
Doc Holliday Val Kilmer
Virgil Earp Sam Elliott

Morgan Earp

Bill Paxton
"Curly Bill" Brocius Powers Boothe
Johnny Ringo Michael Biehn
Henry Hooker Charlton Heston -
Billy Breakenridge Jason Priestly -
Sheriff Johnny Behan Jon Tenney -
Ike Clanton Stephen Lang
Billy Clanton Thomas Haden Church
Josephine Marcus Dana Delany
Allie Earp Paula Malcomson -
Louisa Earp Lisa Collins -
Tom McLaury John Philbin -
Mattie Blaylock Dana Wheeler-Nicholson -
Big Nose Kate Joanna Pacula -
Sherman McMasters Michael Rooker
Marshal Fred White Harry Carey Jr. -
Johnny Tyler Billy Bob Thornton -
Frank Stilwell Tomas Arana -
Frank McLaury Robert John Burke -
Mr. Fabian Billy Zane -
Mayor John Clum Terry O'Quinn -
Narrator Robert Mitchum -



Of the two films released within six months of each other about the life and times of American West legend Wyatt Earp, this star-studded, classically told version is an easy pick. It is a much less sprawling, much less indulgent, and much better proportioned film than Kevin Costner's critical and box-office failure Wyatt Earp. In this version directed by George P. Cosmatos, we jump into the action as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday (played by Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer) reunite just before going to the boomtown of Tombstone in 1879, a year or two before that famous shootout at O.K. Corral. Tombstone succeeds quite well at the tough task of introducing its plethora of historical characters, many of whom play a secondary or inconsequential role in the story that unfolds, but for whom the filmmakers still manage to give some sort of elbowroom. And for most of its running time, Tombstone recreates that bustling, disorderly feel this world is thought to have had. Granted, the film never leaves its Hollywood roots, and you're always aware that you're watching a movie, but it's an entertaining and economical viewing experience which never tries to be something it isn't. The film is arguably better cast than acted, although that might just be the trick when you're including as many characters as this. Kurt Russell is a solid Wyatt Earp and does among his best work here, but it is Val Kilmer who steals the show with his performance as a sickly, condescending Doc Holliday.

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