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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

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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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The film has Wyatt drinking whiskey like the rest of the guys. The real Wyatt Earp was noted for his teetotal lifestyle which he rarely deviated from. See more »

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[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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Kingdom Coming
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Exciting classic Western plenty of tension , thrills and gunplay
25 February 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This trigger-taut Western drama deals with a lawman and a badman , the strangest friendship this side of heaven and hell . They fought shoulder to shoulder in the wildest stand-up gunfight in the history of the West . They are the strangest alliance between the West's most famous sheriff Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) , trying to overcome outlaws and its deadliest gambling killer , Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas). It's incomparably performed by the greatest team who ever went into action , Lancaster portrays the large-than-life lawman , living by the old rules , driven by revenge , dueling to the death and Douglas is most impressive as a gunslinger , the hellfire gambler , his only friends were his guns and his only refuge was a woman's heart . Two towering Box office actors in a huge exciting production . The film correctly builds up its suspense until a tense battle in streets of Tombstone.

The flick is formed by three parts and divided by three songs played by Frankie Lane and musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin . The first is located in Fort Griffin where Earp finds Holliday and helps him against Ed Bailey (Lee Van Cleef). The second part concerns on Holliday and his mate Kate (Jo Van Fleet) and appears a gambling-woman , the red-haired named Laura (Rhonda Fleming) . Here Doc helps Earp against another historic characters , such as Shangai Pierce (Ted De Corsia) and Johnny Ringo (John Ireland), furthermore is the sheriff Ben Masterson (Kenneth Tobey) . The third part focuses Tombstone , 1881 , with stimulating scenes about OK Corral gunfight between Morgan (DeForest Kelley) , Virgil (John Howard), Wyatt Earp , Doc against the nefarious Ike (Lyle Bettgler), Billy Clanton (Dennis Hooper) , Johnny Ringo, and Tom McLowery(Jack Elam). The main character is a historical figure , in this case the sheriff Wyatt Earp who participated the most famous duel occurred in the western town of Tombstone in 1881 that has been brought to the big screen many times as in the classic "My Darling Clementine" in 1946 directed by John Ford with Henry Fonda and Victor Mature , in this "Gunfight at O.K. Corral" (1957) by specialist John Sturges who would resume the same story in "The Hour of the Gun" (1967) ; the demystifying "Doc" (Frank Perry, 1971) with Harris Yulin and Stacy Keach or the more modern "Tombstone: The Legend of Wyatt Earp" (George P. Cosmatos, 1993) with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer and ¨Wyatt Earp¨ (Lawrence Kasdan, 1994) with Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid . The motion picture was stunningly directed by John Sturges

This is a story enormous in scope ,unusual in concept with a mile-a-minute action on a climatic and thrill-a-minute gunfight. Packs a magnificent cinematography-Vistavision and Technicolor with overblown chromatic by Charles B Lang and outdoors shot in Fort Griffith , Tucson, Phoenix and Tombstone . This thrilling film contains a spectacular and lyric musical score by the great Dimitri Tiomkin . John Sturges's masterpiece of the West in one of the top films of the 1957 year . Followed by a sequel ¨Hour of the gun (1967)¨ also directed by specialist Sturges with James Garner and Jason Robards .


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