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Tombstone

Directed by Kevin Jarre, George P Cosmatos and Kurt Russell (uncredited)

Written by Kevin Jarre

Us, 1993

It’s a strange phenomenon, considering just how much of Hollywood takes Western sensibilities and lends them to very different settings, but 1993’s cult movie Tombstone has the classic Western scenario, story and set up but without the same style and sensibility. Such has been the impact of the Spaghetti era inspired by Sergio Leone and, before then, the imprint of Glenn Ford and John Wayne, that very few incarnations since have taken a fresh perspective and approach to a timeless genre flick. Competing with the same story in a different take in the same, the Kevin Costner led Wyatt Earp, and troubled from the start by behind the scenes wrangles, it’s miraculous that this slice of pulp ever worked out.

The plot, despite at times appearing highly cinematic and over-the-top, is »

- Scott Patterson

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