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Tombstone (1993)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  25 December 1993 (USA)
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.


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After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the OK Corral. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Every town has a story. Tombstone has a legend. See more »

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duel au soleil  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


£1,923,232 (UK) (4 February 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kurt Russell as well as Val Kilmer have strong ties to Elvis. Both played him during their careers. Russell played the King in "Elvis" 1977, voiced him in "Forrest Gump" and played an impersonator in "3000 Miles to Graceland" See more »


Warren and James Earp are absent in this film, despite their presence in Tombstone. Granted, neither of them participated in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which is likely one reason for their absence, but Warren later rode with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Jack Johnson, Jack Vermillion, and Sherman McMasters in the epic Earp Vendetta Ride. See more »


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Narrator: 1879 - the Civil War is over, and the resulting economic explosion spurs the great migration west. Farmers, ranchers, prospectors, killers, and thieves seek their fortune. Cattle growers turn cow towns into armed camps, with murder rates higher than than those of modern day New York or Los Angeles. Out of this chaos comes legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, retiring his badge and gun to start a peaceful life for his family. Earp's friend, John, Doc Holliday, a southern gentlemen turned ...
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Val Kilmer's Greatest Performance
6 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Now Tombstone is a film that I would call the last great western of its genre so far. It has every sub plot you could want in you're average film and especially in a western. They have a great cast on board also to establish this gang of ragger muffins. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp is just as good as Costner and Lancaster were. Val Kilmer is probably the main reason why every fan of it's genre talk about it so much as he is not just a fine actor in this but you believe that Doc Holiday and him were somehow related as he takes on the exact same sense of humour which I have read in books and his likeness is there also from what I have seen in pictures.

Val Kilmer has been in a lot of films but only half of them were good and this goes into one of his best along with Oliver Stone's The Doors and Willow without doubt has to get a mention. There is a superb cast here which makes up of Bill Paxton, Sam Elliot, Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Stephen Lang, Billy Zane and of course Charlton Heston. I could go on for even longer mentioning some of the great actors that star in this but the sheer action of vengeance of it make it one of the best action westerns. There are your two type of westerns like High Noon and The Searchers which are very calm but intense films. Then you have The Wild Bunch and Tombstone which are just blood thirsty with plenty of action to cater for all tastes of films.

I am not to familiar with the director but he is surely missed as far as making a western like this is concerned.

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