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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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25 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,923,232 (UK) (4 February 1994)
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Just prior to the O.K. Corral fight, Wyatt Earp is seen taking a Colt peacemaker with an unusually long 10 inch barrel and an engraved plaque inlaid in the grip from a presentation case. Such a weapon has long been associated with the legend of Wyatt Earp, probably stemming from the story that dime novelist Ned Buntline ordered several such guns from Colt, and gave them to the peace officers of Dodge City as gifts. In spite of the popularity of this story there is no credible documentation that Wyatt Earp ever owned or used such a "Buntline special." Most credible accounts agree that on the day of the infamous shootout Wyatt Earp was armed with a Smith and Wesson model 1869 break top style revolver of the same type that Virgil Earp is seen using in the movie. See more »

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Although a Democrat, John H. Behan (1844-1912) was appointed sheriff of Cochise County by a Republican territorial governor of Arizona, John C. Fremont. This was because the territorial legislature was controlled by Democrats, who had to approve the choice. Fremont (1813-1890) was himself an appointee of Republican President Rutherford B. Hayes. The famed explorer was the first presidential nominee of the Republican party in 1856. 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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Everything That "Wyatt Earp" Wanted to Be
17 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Tombstone" is one of the best westerns ever made. It was overshadowed in the early-1990s due to the success of "Dances With Wolves" and "Unforgiven". While "Tombstone" is not on par with either of those films, it is an exciting shoot-em-up western that works because it never tries to be more than it is. The Earps (Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton) are looking for their fortune out west. However, trouble ensues as ruthless cowboys are reigning terror all over the region. Powers Boothe and Michael Biehn are the leaders of the bad dudes and a massive showdown is the only answer for all concerned. Also along for the ride is Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer, in arguably his greatest role). "Tombstone" also has one of the greatest casts of recent memory. Some of the faces that will be seen include Charlton Heston, Dana Delaney, Stephen Lang, Billy Zane, Jason Priestley, and Billy Bob Thornton. 4 stars out of 5.


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