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Tombstone (1993)

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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 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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Every town has a story. Tombstone has a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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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
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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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Trivia

At the Birdcage Theater, one of the cowboys sees the juggler, "Professor Gilman" and says "Aw! Professor Gilman? I seen him in Bisbee. He catches stuff." To which another cowboy stands up, pulls a gun and says "Hey, Professor! Catch this!" and shoots one of the bowling pins he's juggling. This is based on a true anecdote told in the Time Life book series "The Old West-Gunfighters" profile of the OK Corral shoot-out. As in real life, the juggler raced off stage yelling "My God! They're really shooting at us!" Gillam was actually performing a show in which blanks would be fired at him, and he would spit slugs out of his mouth that he had already prepared, when the cowboy made his "Catch this" remark. See more »

Goofs

Fred White is depicted as an elderly man. In reality, White was in his early 30s at the time of his death. See more »

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[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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Red River Valley
Written by James Kerrigen
Performed by Dana Delany
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Everything That "Wyatt Earp" Wanted to Be
17 August 2001 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Tombstone" is one of the best westerns ever made. It was overshadowed in the early-1990s due to the success of "Dances With Wolves" and "Unforgiven". While "Tombstone" is not on par with either of those films, it is an exciting shoot-em-up western that works because it never tries to be more than it is. The Earps (Kurt Russell, Sam Elliott, and Bill Paxton) are looking for their fortune out west. However, trouble ensues as ruthless cowboys are reigning terror all over the region. Powers Boothe and Michael Biehn are the leaders of the bad dudes and a massive showdown is the only answer for all concerned. Also along for the ride is Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer, in arguably his greatest role). "Tombstone" also has one of the greatest casts of recent memory. Some of the faces that will be seen include Charlton Heston, Dana Delaney, Stephen Lang, Billy Zane, Jason Priestley, and Billy Bob Thornton. 4 stars out of 5.


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