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:

Contactmusic


Advertisement

New Movies

The Party Movie Review

The Party Movie Review

Comedies don't get much darker than this pitch-black British movie, written and directed by Sally...

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Movie Review

Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) is on his way to becoming the new Woody Allen, which...

6 Below Movie Review

6 Below Movie Review

Based on an astonishing true survival story, this film is subtitled "Miracle on the Mountain",...

Mother Movie Review

Mother Movie Review

Darren Aronofsky doesn't make fluffy movies, and has only had one genuine misfire (2014's Noah)....

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

Advertisement
The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.