Tombstone

"Very Good"

Tombstone Review


If Kurt Russell's handlebar mustache doesn't give you the willies, you need a bigger TV.

The definitive populist telling of the Wyatt Earp story, Tombstone has more fun with the story than traditionalist versions like Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp, with a younger, more crowd-pleasing cast -- Thomas Haden Church plays a bad guy; Jason Priestley is a deputy. And it's got more factual holes than the Clanton gang ended up with -- all in the name of serving up Good Clean Fun.

The guts of the truth are intact -- Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his family arrive in the town of Tombstone trying to start a new life as entrepreneurs, only to be stymied by an uncontrollable gang of outlaws called the Cowboys (aka the Clanton gang). With their buddy Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), the Earps face off with the Cowboys at the O.K. Corral. The gangs hunt each other down until only a few are left. And that's about it. Characters die, fall in love, ride horses, and drink a lot -- but essentially this is a movie about a fairly short-lived feud that ended in a great deal of bloodshed.

George Cosmatos' director's cut appears on a two-disc DVD collection, complete with a plethora of extras including three making-of documentaries, a commentary from Cosmatos, storyboards of the shootout, and the actual newspaper account of the shootout as originally printed in the Tombstone newspaper. I may not fully understand the reason for Tombstone's incredible popularity, but this disc certainly helps you appreciate it.

Yippie kie yay, Hollywood.



Tombstone

Facts and Figures

Run time: 130 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 25th December 1993

Box Office Worldwide: $56.5M

Budget: $25M

Distributed by: Buena Vista

Production compaines: Hollywood Pictures, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 32 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 7.9 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: George P. Cosmatos

Starring: as Wyatt Earp, as Doc Holliday, as Virgil Earp, as Morgan Earp, as Ike Clanton, as Curly Bill Brocius, as Johnny Ringo, as Henry Hooker, as Josephine Marcus, as Billy Clanton, as Mattie Earp, as Sherman McMasters, as Johnny Tyler, as Mr. Fabian, Michelle Beauchamp as Mexican bride (uncredited), as Louisa Earp, as Tom Mclaury, Pat Brady as Milt Joyce, Forrie J. Smith as Pony Deal, Bo Greigh as Wes Fuller (as W.R. Bo Gray), Christopher Mitchum as Ranch Hand, as Narrator (voice)

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