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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?


Just before the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" sequence, Josie is fleetingly seen inside Fly's Photographic Studio posing for the now famous (and authenticity-disputed) photograph, "Kaloma." The almost nude lady in this photograph is not really Josephine Marcus in Tombstone, but instead seems to be an East Coast showgirl from 1913 or 1914, based on the copyright date on the photo itself. See more »


In the O.K. Corral scene, the last Cowboy is simultaneously shot in the heart and through the head by Doc and Morgan respectively. When the shot cuts to him lying on the ground, he is visibly breathing. See more »


[first lines]
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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User Reviews

Very enjoyable
16 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I decided to watch 'Tombstone' as there was nothing else on, and I am so glad I did.

Conforming as I do to the stereotypical 'female who does not like Westerns' it was mainly Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer that drew me in.

Not knowing much about the 'OK Corral' I envisioned a long drawn out gunfight scene somewhere out in the desert. To discover it happened in the middle of town was only one of the educational experiences.

Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp gives a strong portrayal of a man who didn't want to get involved until circumstances gave him no option.

However, the movie does 'belong' to Val Kilmer. He gave a real sense of fatalism as 'Doc' Holliday, wanting to die in a blaze of gunfire rather than fading away from tuberculosis.

A great view of the Wild West.

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