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A 'Realistic' Look At The Town Of Tombstone
ccthemovieman-1 from United States
3 August 2007
After watching this bonus feature on the "Tombstone" special-edition
DVD, it inspired me to watch this film again and pay attention to the
It was said in this behind-the-scenes look that they went to great
pains to have everything in this movie authentic. That includes the
clothes, the actual guns that were used in that time period, the look
of the roads and buildings, even the wallpaper in the rooms. Everything
matched what they could find in actual pictures of Tombstone during the
"Earp" days. I laughed when Director Geroge Costmatos said, "We tried
to put things in here you never saw in any other westerns, like the
horse manure in the streets. We paid attention to all the little
This was the first film, too, that portrayed the famous Wyatt Earp has
having a dark side, too. Kurt Russell, who played Earp, said, "He was
interesting man and had a lot of bad as well as good. We went 360
degrees with his character, showing all the sides. Powers Boothe, who
plays bad-guy "Curly Bill," said the Earps (Wyatt and his brothers)
didn't come to Tombstone to mete out justice but to make money, like
Booth, Russell, Val Kilmer and others seemed to revel in making good
guys look bad, too. They really have the Hollywood attitude that loves
showing heroes with warts. Kilmer, who really sounds like enjoyed
playing a cold-blooded killer, played the best "Doc" Holliday most
people have ever seen.
There were so many good actors in this movie, "name" people, that
Michael Biehn, who played the gunfighter "Johnny Ringo," said he never
enjoyed working on a movie so much. Just looking at all these great
actors was enough for him. I had forgotten, myself, how many are in
here, some with small roles. Stephen Lang, who plays badman "Ike
Clanton," said the latter really wasn't a bad a man in real life as he
was always portrayed on film. It seems all these actors did a lot of
study on these characters.
Costamos remarked about this "being a great ensemble film. "I've never
seen a western," he said, "where you have 85 speaking parts and every
actors builds on his character."
Near the end, I enjoyed everyone's comments about the famous gunfight
at the OK Corral which, many here said, was a short (28 seconds) but
extremely important battle because it drove the outlaws out of the
area. They also point out that it was an unfair fight with the
"cowboys" only having two guns and basically being shot down by the
Earps, who were looking for a fight. You see, these Hollywood guys
sympathize more with villains.
Anyway, fans of this movie know how enormously-entertaining it is,
(although overly profane), so it was interesting to see how the
director and others felt about making this look so real and believable.
Overall, a good behind-the-scenes addition to the DVD and recommended.
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