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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.

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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:
... Wyatt Earp
... Doc Holliday
... Laura Denbow
... Kate Fisher
... Johnny Ringo
... Ike Clanton
... Cotton Wilson
... Charles Bassett
... Shanghai Pierce (as Ted DeCorsia)
... Billy Clanton
... John P. Clum
... John Shanssey
... Virgil Earp
... Morgan Earp
... 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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THE STRANGEST ALLIANCE THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN OR HELL...between the most famous lawman of them all and the most feared of all gambler-badmen...reached its climax that deadly day in Tombstone! See more »


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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,750,000
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It is said in Burt Lancaster's biography that he and Director John Sturges had open arguments on the set about the details concerning Earp's character. See more »

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Early in the movie, Doc Holliday is playing solitaire. Every card he turns is a black card. See more »

Quotes

Ike Clanton: [sees Cotton trying to ride away when shooting starts] Cotton! You chicken-livered miserable... !
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
(1844) (uncredited)
Music by William Cool White
Arranged by Jack Hayes
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A pure Western with a great score...
10 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" derives from one of the most celebrated shoot-outs in Western history in Tombstone, Arizona, on October 26, 1881... The semi-legendary confrontation had made of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, men of exceptional quality...

"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" has some of the Sturges virtues, but not all… It doesn't however disappoint when it comes to the crunch—the gunfight itself… This is magnificently staged… It probably equals anything that law and order movies have produced in set-piece battles…

The film also focuses on the friendship between Earp and Holliday and the good will of two different kinds of men... Earp, is an honest lawman with authority, and Holliday, a gambler with a 'real big hate for the law.'

The two characters are powerful, strong, and at the same time compassionate, with respect and dignity... Holliday's character as the black sheep, is much more interesting than the straight marshal who is at the same time the lawman, the judge and the jury.' The main assets of the motion picture are Lancaster and Douglas, two great stars conscious of their potentialities with excellent ability...

Douglas is impressing and brilliant as the troubled sick Doc Holliday and Lancaster is confident, solid and likable as Wyatt Earp... The mirror scene, in the beginning of the film, is great: Douglas, cool and steady, is ready for action observing carefully in the mirror the sharp feature and narrow steely eyes of Lee Van Cleef who is so anxious to kill him with a small gun hidden in his left boot...

Fine performances by a first-class cast heighten the interest: Rhonda Fleming is ravishing as the redhead lady gambler; Jo Van Fleet is very effective as the jealous lady, torn between Ringo and Holliday; Earl Holliman is good as the naive deputy who 'picks up the hardware as soon as the cowboys hit town;' John Ireland is unforgettable with his slight stoop and menacing walk; Lyle Bettger is strong as Ike Clanton, the organizer of the toughest bunch of gunslingers; Dennis Hopper is difficult and rebellious as the young Clanton who can't take the advice of the marshal; and Jack Elam is threatening as the tall and lean man with an evil leer...

Dimitri Tiomkin's great score back up the "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," a pure Western, magnificently photographed by Charles Lang in VistaVision and Technicolor...

John Ireland has been twice on the losing side of the Corral incident... The first time as Billy Clanton in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine."


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