Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tombstone (1993)

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Jon Tenney, Stephen Lang, Thomas Haden Church, Dana Delany, Michael Rooker, Harry Carey Jr., Billy Bob Thornton, Billy Zane, Wyatt Earp, John Corbett, Terry O'Quinn, Frank Stalone, Christopher Mitchum, Robert Mitchum

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Justice Is Coming

Plot: After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the OK Corral.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

The last time I watched this I thought it was great.  I recently visited Tombstone, Arizona and had a great time.  It's way too tourist-y but there's something about walking around and being where history was made that's too cool for words.  After returning home I just had to watch this flick again.  Now it's a bit of a letdown.  It's still a fun movie but they took way too many liberties with the truth.  It's a two part film with the first half leading up to the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral and then the second half with the Earps getting revenge and living out their days.  The film gets pretty cheesy sometimes but as long as you view it as entertainment and not a document on the true story of these famous men and women.  If you ever get the chance to visit the town, do so.  Like the movie, there's some really cool shit and a fair share of cornball entertainment thrown in.  Of course I could be completely wrong.

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