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Tombstone (1993)

A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors:

George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre (uncredited)

Writer:

Kevin Jarre
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Wyatt Earp
Val Kilmer ... Doc Holliday
Sam Elliott ... Virgil Earp
Bill Paxton ... Morgan Earp
Powers Boothe ... Curly Bill Brocius
Michael Biehn ... Johnny Ringo
Charlton Heston ... Henry Hooker
Jason Priestley ... Billy Breckinridge
Jon Tenney ... Behan
Stephen Lang ... Ike Clanton
Thomas Haden Church ... Billy Clanton
Dana Delany ... Josephine Marcus
Paula Malcomson ... Allie Earp
Lisa Collins ... Louisa Earp
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ... Mattie Earp
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Storyline

After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Here is the translation of what Doc and Johnny Ringo are saying to one another in Latin: Doc Holliday: In vino veritas. (In wine there is truth.) Johnny Ringo: Age quod agis. (Do what you do.) Doc Holliday: Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego. (Let Apella the Jew believe, not I.) Johnny Ringo: Juventus stultorum magister. (Youth is the teacher of fools.) Doc Holliday: In pace requiescat. (Rest in peace.) The line "Credat Judaeus Apella, non ego" (Let Apella the Jew believe, not I) was confusing to viewers; scholarly papers showed that Romans used the phrase to show contempt for Judaism's belief that divine power was involved in everyday life. See more »

Goofs

Pane glass is shown being used in multiple scenes throughout the film. Prior to the 20th century much cheaper wave glass was used, especially outside of the major cities when glass was needed for windows. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: 1879 - the Civil War is over, and the resulting economic explosion spurs the great migration west. Farmers, ranchers, prospectors, killers, and thieves seek their fortune. Cattle growers turn cow towns into armed camps, with murder rates higher than than those of modern day New York or Los Angeles. Out of this chaos comes legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, retiring his badge and gun to start a peaceful life for his family. Earp's friend, John, Doc Holliday, a southern gentlemen turned ...
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Alternate Versions

A "Vista Series" director's cut was released in February 2002. Just under five minutes of never-before-seen footage were restored. The most noticeable are:
  • a scene showing the depths of Mattie's addiction to laudanum and her jealousy over Josephine;
  • a somber soliloquy by Doc quoting Kublai Khan;
  • a scene explaining Kate's sudden disappearance from the film, with Doc stressing the importance of friendship;
  • a scene with McMasters and the Cowboys meeting one last time. A small scene showing the graphic result of that meeting has been re-inserted, with the line "They got McMasters!" being moved into this small insert.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Red River Valley
Written by James Kerrigen
Performed by Dana Delany
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User Reviews

Exciting story of a heroic man in the midst of many foes.
20 February 2000 | by sdustonSee all my reviews

I loved this movie so much I bought it right after seeing it the first time. The acting is incredible in this film. I'm not a huge Kurt Russell fan, but he played his role very well. Among others, I consider this one of Val Kilmer's best performances. Even if your not a Western fan (like me), you'll still at least enjoy this film. Excellent lighting, cinematography and sound design. Intense pacing and story telling. All the classic elements of good guys and bad guys. Great story development and plot buildup. You have to see it at least once.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

25 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tombstone See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,454,752, 26 December 1993

Gross USA:

$56,505,065

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,505,065
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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