Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

"Weak"

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Review


Interested in the Wyatt Earp-Doc Holliday-O.K. Corral legend but don't want a lot of bloodshed? Or maybe you feel like dozing off a bit?

Have I got a movie for you! The Burt Lancaster-Kirk Douglas rendition of the still-going-strong story of the shootout in Tombstone is possible the tamest and least inspired on record, a workmanlike and low-budget retelling of the story. No insight, no real violence, no soul. This Gunfight doesn't actually occur until 1 hour and 45 minutes into the film -- tragic in its deception and painful in the boredom induced on the way.

How else to describe this western? Well, get past the horrible sets and a wholly forgettable performance from Lancaster (as Earp) and you'll find an engaging Douglas playing a steely Doc Holliday. The one memorable scene has Doc refusing to leave the Blackjack table as bullets fly outside -- and many land in the gambling parlor. But where is Doc's tuberculosis? He's the classic dying and deeply-flawed hero. Here he's a Superman.

Skip it.



Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Facts and Figures

Run time: 122 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 30th May 1957

Box Office Worldwide: $11.8M

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 2

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Hal B. Wallis

Starring: as Marshal Wyatt Earp, as Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday, as Laura Denbow, as Kate Fisher, as Johnny Ringo, as Ike Clanton, as Sheriff Cotton Wilson, Earl Holliman as Deputy Sheriff Charles 'Charlie' Bassett, as Shanghai Pierce - Cattleman, as Billy Clanton, as John P. Clum - 'Tombstone Epitaph' Editor, George Mathews as John Shanssey - Griffin Saloonkeeper, John Hudson as Virgil Earp, as Morgan Earp, as James 'Jimmy' Earp, Kenneth Tobey as Bat Masterson, as Ed Bailey, Joan Camden as Betty Earp - Virgil's Wife, Olive Carey as Mrs. Clanton, Brian G. Hutton as Rick (as Brian Hutton), Nelson Leigh as Mayor Kelly, as Tom McLowery, Don Castle as Drunk Cowboy in Longbranch Saloon

Also starring:

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