Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge. Written by
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An alternate "preview" version of this film exists. In the 1970s 20th Century-Fox donated some film to the UCLA Film Archives. In 1994 it was discovered that the UCLA print was different from the one being shown on TV. It was about eight minutes longer with minor variations throughout and a slightly different ending. Both this archival 103- or 104-minute version and the 97-minute release version are included on the Fox DVD released on January 6, 2004, and the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray and DVD editions released in October 2014. See more »
Before Doc begins to operate on Chihuahua, without anesthesia, a cloth is placed in her mouth and she's told to "bite real hard." A moment later, when the scene has cut to a longer shot, and Doc has started, we hear Chihuahua cry out "Oh ma!" She couldn't have spoken with the cloth in her mouth. See more »
I find this film entrancing. Smoke rising. The desert at night. Clouds at midnight. This new (to us) version is quieter, less score. I would love to be out there on that porch, tilting my chair back, waiting for the stage to come in. Beautiful transfer on the DVD, I found myself struck, moved by frame after frame. The sound of a single horse across monument valley, the fury of Doc Holiday's stage coach tearing through the landscape. A lamp-lit bar and a woman moaning under the knife, like a dying ember. Three figures stepping out like giants into the landscape. Robert Ryan seated in the wind and dust at the end of the Wild Bunch, it all comes from here. There is so much to learn from this film.
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