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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Western | 30 May 1957 (USA)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Leon Uris (screenplay), George Scullin (suggested by an article by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Lancaster ... Wyatt Earp
Kirk Douglas ... Doc Holliday
Rhonda Fleming ... Laura Denbow
Jo Van Fleet ... Kate Fisher
John Ireland ... Johnny Ringo
Lyle Bettger ... Ike Clanton
Frank Faylen ... Cotton Wilson
Earl Holliman ... Charles Bassett
Ted de Corsia ... Shanghai Pierce (as Ted DeCorsia)
Dennis Hopper ... Billy Clanton
Whit Bissell ... John P. Clum
George Mathews ... John Shanssey
John Hudson ... Virgil Earp
DeForest Kelley ... Morgan Earp
Martin Milner ... James Earp
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After a long career as a lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp decides to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in a feud with the Clantons, a local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, a terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Last film acting role of Don Castle, who played a drunken cowboy. In an earlier version of the O.K. Corral story, Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die (1942), he played Johnny Duane. See more »

Goofs

When Wyatt takes Billy back to the Clanton Ranch, Billy's mother leads him into the house, closing the screen door, but not the solid door as they enter. Wyatt then picks up Billy's hat and goes into the house. When Wyatt enters the house (inside shot) a few seconds later, he opens the solid door. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Shanssey: [lighting a cigar as Ed and his gangmen enter the saloon] Hello Ed.
Ed Bailey: Where's Doc Holiday?
John Shanssey: Over at the hotel more than likely. He's been expecting you...
Ed Bailey: Get word over there I'm waitin' for him.
John Shanssey: No need to do that Ed, the whole town knows you're waitin' for him by now. Before there's another killing...
Ed Bailey: You just go on servin' your watered down liquor, and keep outta my business Shanssey.
John Shanssey: Your brother came in here stinkin' drunk spoilin' for a fight; he drew a gun on Holiday.
Ed Bailey: [...]
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Connections

Referenced in Penn & Teller: Bullshit!: Gun Control (2005) See more »

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
(1957)
by Ned Washington and Dimitri Tiomkin
Sung by Frankie Laine
A Columbia Recording Artist
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In this film it is Doc that counts.
19 October 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

The DVD copy I saw is excellent. The Frankie Laine ballad blends very well with the scenes. Burt Lancaster gives a quite cold performance as Wyatt Earp, and the Earp family is not shown as well as it should. Same thing goes for the Clantons, with the exception of Dennis Hopper, and John Ireland as Johnny Ringo. Kirk Douglas and Jo Van Fleet as Doc and his woman are really the ones that make this film pick up speed. They involve you in their drama. The gunfight is very well staged, you don't see good action scenes like that in westerns nowadays.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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