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(1994)

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Dennis Quaid lost over 30 pounds to play Doc Holliday, who suffered from tuberculosis.
The real Wyatt Earp's 6-shooter was loaned by the Earp museum and used in some scenes during a number of close-ups.
Kevin Costner was originally involved with Tombstone (1993), another film about Wyatt Earp, written by Kevin Jarre. However, Costner disagreed with Jarre over the focus of the film (he believed that the emphasis should have been on Wyatt Earp rather than the many characters in Jarre's script) and left the project, eventually teaming up with Lawrence Kasdan to produce his own Wyatt Earp project. Costner then used his then-considerable clout to convince most of the major studios to refuse to distribute the competing film, which affected casting on the rival project. As it turns out, the rival film was considerably more successful.
Tombstone (1993) was being filmed at the same time nearby, and bought up most of the period clothing in the region. Clothing had to be imported from Europe, delaying production.
Originally conceived as a six-hour mini-series.
Gene Hackman receives third-billing and is named on all posters although he has less than 10 minutes of screen time.
Michael Madsen was offered the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction (1994), but he couldn't get released from this film.
Both Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid were widely felt to be too old for their characters.
Michael Madsen is actually four years younger than Kevin Costner, despite playing his older brother.
The movie was a critical and commercial disaster and damaged Kevin Costner's career. However his career later revived slightly with Thirteen Days (2000).
In this film, Dennis Quaid played Doc Holliday, a role which would later be played by his elder brother Randy Quaid in Purgatory (1999).
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The wigs worn by Kevin Costner in the first half of the film were widely criticized.
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The music featured in the film's theatrical trailer is "Love and Dreams", composed by Ennio Morricone for the motion picture A Time of Destiny (1988).
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Sean Connery was considered for the role of Nicholas Porter Earp.
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Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman were, prior to co-starring in this film, starring in films directed by Clint Eastwood, he also co-starred in Unforgiven (1992) with Hackman and in A Perfect World (1993) with Costner. Incidentally Hackman and Costner played bad guys in these films.
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This is the second time Kevin Costner and Jeff Fahey have acted together in a western, the first being Silverado (1985). They played enemies in both.
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Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman also co-starred in No Way Out (1987).
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Kevin Costner, Jim Wilson and Gene Hackman; and one Oscar nominee: Mare Winningham.
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One of two 1994's releases starring Kevin Costner and Mare Winningham. They also appeared in The War (1994).
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Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel also starred together in Frequency (2000)
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Wyatt Earp (1994) is the first of three films starring Kevin Costner, that James Newton Howard has composed the music for; the second film was Waterworld (1995) - which incidentally starts with the same letter as Wyatt Earp - and the third film was The Postman (1997).
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Kevin Costner and Michael Madsen have both worked twice with director Roger Donaldson on two films each. Costner; No Way Out (1987) and Thirteen Days (2000). Madsen; The Getaway (1994) - incidentally released the same year as this film - and Species (1995).
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In addition to Kevin Costner and Michael Madsen being in Roger Donaldson films, the same cinematographer, Andrzej Bartkowiak, shot two of these films. Costner; Thirteen Days (2000) and Madsen; Species (1995). What's more Bartkowiak shot Donaldson's Dante's Peak (1997).
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Both Kevin Costner and Michael Madsen have played psychopaths, including sadistically torturing one of their co-stars on screen. Costner did this to Christian Slater in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001) and Madsen did this to Kirk Baltz in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
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Cast members Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman and Michael Madsen have played adulterous men in other films, as the trio had affairs with married women. Costner with Madeleine Stowe in Revenge (1990), Hackman with Melora Hardin in Absolute Power (1997) and Madsen with Jennifer Tilly in The Getaway (1994). Incidentally Wyatt Earp was released the same year as the latter film.
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Adam Baldwin previously worked with composer James Newton Howard's younger brother Arliss Howard on Full Metal Jacket (1987).
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Film debut of Joanna Going.
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