TombstoneDirector: George Pan Cosmatos
A high-energy action adventure based on legend rather than historical fact finds Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) desiring to retire from law enforcement. With brothers Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton), he arrives in Tombstone, Arizona intending to build his fortune. He discovers that long-time friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) is there and that the town is run by a group of brutal outlaws called the Cowboys. Earp, frustrated with his laudanum-addicted wife, begins a romance with traveling stage actress Josephine Marcus (Dana Delany). Meanwhile, the Cowboys terrorize the citizens of Tombstone unchecked. When the town marshal is killed by a Cowboy, Earp steps in to prevent a lynching by an angry mob. He also refuses to hand the killer over to his fellows, beginning the enmity between the Cowboys and the Earp brothers. Virgil, overcome with guilt at doing nothing to help the Tombstone citizens, accepts the position of town marshal. With Wyatt and Morgan as his deputies, and the help of Doc, Virgil attempts to arrest several Cowboys, resulting in the famous OK Corral shoot-out. The Cowboys take revenge by ambushing two of the brothers and injuring Virgil and killing Morgan. The Earps leave town, apparently cowed. Wyatt returns, wearing the badge of a U.S. marshal, vowing to destroy every last Cowboy. He hunts them mercilessly, until the leader, Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) challenges Wyatt to a duel. While not regarded as an artistic masterpiece, "Tombstone" is considered the best of director George P. Cosmatos' prolific films. The all-star cast (including Thomas Haden Church and Billy Bob Thornton in small roles) delivers solid performances. Both William A. Fraker's cinematography and Bruce Broughton's stirring musical score are expertly designed for dramatic effect. Blood is shown liberally in several key scenes, but seems intended to show that there is nothing glorious in Wyatt Earp's actions, only necessity. He and his deputies take on the symbolism of the horsemen of the apocalypse -- dispensing judgement, and the Biblical references form a symmetry at the beginning and end of the film.
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- Walt Disney Video
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- [Wide Screen, Color]
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Cast & Crew
|Kurt Russell||Wyatt Earp|
|Val Kilmer||Doc Holliday|
|Michael Biehn||Johnny Ringo|
|Powers Boothe||Curly Bill Brocius|
|Robert John Burke||Frank McLaury|
|Dana Delany||Josephine Marcus|
|Sam Elliott||Virgil Earp|
|Terry O'Quinn||Mayor Clum|
|Bill Paxton||Morgan Earp|
|Jason Priestley||Deputy Sheriff Billy Breakenridge|
|Michael Rooker||Sherman McMasters|
|Dana Wheeler-Nicholson||Mattie Earp|
|Billy Zane||Mr. Fabian|
|Buck Taylor||Turkey Creek Jack Johnson|
|Harry Carey||Marshall Fred White|
|Pedro Armendariz||The Priest|
|Charlton Heston||Henry Hooker|
|Pat Brady||Milt Joyce|
|Gary Clark||Crawley Dake|
|Charles Schneider||Prof. Gillman|
|Cecil Hoffmann||Lucinda Hobbs|
|Stephen Lang||Ike Clanton|
|Thomas Haden Church||Bill Clanton|
|Billy Bob Thornton||Johnny Tyler|
|Tomas Arana||Frank Stillwell|
|John Philbin||Tom McLaury|
|Peter Sherayko||Texas Jack Vermillion|
|Frank Stallone||Ed Bailey|
|Grant James||Dr. Goodfellow|
|Don Collier||High Roller|
|Christopher Mitchum||Ranch Hand|
|Shane McCabe||Audience Member|
|Sandy Gibbons||Father Feeney|
|Lisa Collins||Louisa Earp|
|George Pan Cosmatos||Director|
|Bruce Broughton||Score Composer|
|Terry Collis||Production Designer|
|John Fasano||Associate Producer,Screenwriter|
|Buzz Feitshans||Executive Producer|
|William A. Fraker||Associate Producer,Cinematographer|
|Chris Gorak||Art Director|
|Catherine Hardwicke||Production Designer|
|Kim Hix||Art Director|
|Dale Martin||Special Effects|
|Joseph Porro||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gene Serdena||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Sloan||Associate Producer|
|Frank J. Urioste||Editor|
|Andrew G. Vajna||Executive Producer|
|Mark Worthington||Art Director|
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I LOVED DOC HOLLIDAY- VAL KILMER WAS BRILLIANT! 'I'LL BE YOUR HUCKLEBERRY'
The Best Western Movie In 2012
Of any past versions of Tombstone, this one with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer top all. I would be embarrassed to tell you how many times I have watched this movie. I have it on DVD and also on my IPOD. Watching the movie on my IPOD during treadmill workouts certainly makes the time go by fast. Last year for my birthday, my better half bought me a beautifully framed wall portrait of the famous Huckleberries as shown on the front of this DVD. As I live in Arizona, it goes great with my southwestern decor. I visit the town of Tombstone every chance I get. I highly recommend this version of Tombstone. And, ladies, lots of "eye candy."
The best movie period, Ive ever seen.
In the last 15 years, there haven't been many westerns made, especially those with such a great cast. Young Guns was great, Unforgiven was good, but hands down, the best western in the last 15 years is Tombstone. The action moves fast enough so you're not bored, but they develop the characters enough so you care. This is possibly Val Kilmer's best overall performace as he steals the show as Doc Holiday.
A good film based around the legendary Gunfight at the O.K.Corral. The cast is truly superb, especially the supporting players. Sam Elliot is forceful and upright as Virgil Earp, Powers Boothe is wickly funny ''Curly Bill'' Brocious, Michael Biehn is a portrait of pure evil as Johnny Ringo and Stephen Lang as the loud mouth and cowardly ''Ike'' Clanton. The tour de-force performance must go to Val Kilmer as ''Doc'' Holliday. Kilmer gives his best screen performance to date. Whenever Kilmers ''Doc'' Holliday is on screen the film suddenly ignites. Kilmer is funny and dangerous scene after scene. His confrontation in the bar with Biehn's Ringo is a classic. Micheal Rooker, a great actor, as Sherman McMasters deserved more screen time. Rooker like the other supporting cast members is an underrated talent. Joanna Pacula gives a sexy portrayl as ''Big-Nose'' Kate. She could have used more screen time. Kurt Russell is good as the determined Wyatt Earp. Dana Delaney, as Russell's love interest, is also good. But her screen time is short. What a waste. Bill Paxton is also wasted as Morgan Earp. The direction and action are top-notch, topped of with a great musical score. Could have used a longer running length.
This film ahs got to be one of the best films I have ever seen. I have always been interested in what happened in Tombstone, and this film gives you all the information you could possibly need. Tremendous acting from the likes of Val Kilmer and Kurt Russell makes the film what it is. Although it is relatively modern, the western shows many similarities to what actually happened at Tombstone and features such as Boothill Graveyard can be seen in the film. After visiting Tombstone in Arizona, I thought I would never be able to come close to the experience again. I was wrong. This film has it all -and more!
The best western ever is not "High Noon" with Gary Cooper, nor Eastwood's "Unforgiven", or "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly". Tombstone tops them all. The combination of historical accuracy, extremely talented cast, and performances of a lifetime combine to make this movie nearly flawless. Add to that a stirring and well matched musical score, outstanding costumes, photography, set selection, and a cameo with Chuck Heston is the icing on the cake. Val Kilmer should have received an Oscar. (He was robbed.) A must for anyone who loves a good story, enjoys history, or just likes a great evening of entertainment.
Tombstone is SO good. Kurt Russell does a fabulous job a Wyatt but Val Kilmer does a superb acting job as Doc Holliday. Michael Bien also rocked as Ringo, I think that anyone who has ever seen this movie loves it. 'I'm your huckleberry.'
I picked up a copy early, and I must say it's INCREDIBLE! It puts the earlier DVD release of this movie to shame. The picture is superb, the DTS sound is amazing, and the extras (and Director's Cut) make this one of the finest DVDs out there. HIGHLY recommended!!
This particular DVD has EVERYTHING! I have the original Tombstone movie...but I had to buy the collector's edition. And I paid a lot more on mine than Barnes and Nobel charges! This movie comes with a copy of the original map drawn by Wyatt Eurp, has deleted scenes, and shows you the news paper article about what went down on the streets of Tombstone when Eurp's posse took down the cowboys; starting the war between them. Even the trials Eurp and Doc Holiday went through folling this incident; being charged for murder. The story goes into more depth and background, which the movie fails to show. Trust me...the collectors edition is a MUST HAVE for all Tombstone fans!
This is a movie that did John Wayne proud,Kurt Russell was perfect as Wyatt but Val Kilmer broke the mold with his portrayl of Doc Holliday....yippee kiyay!
Almost as good as The good, The Bad, And The Ugly!!! One of the best Westerns ever!!!
Tombstone is the one of the best movie, about Wyatt Earp. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer absolutely brilliant in this movie. Wyatt Earp fans! - has to see this nice little town is South-Arizona.
I could watch this movie until the end of time. What a match on actors. I stand in awe!
I didn't think I'd like this movie, but actually found it really entertaining! I recommend folks check it out!
I am an avid fan of Thomas Haden Church. This movie is probibly one of the best he's been in. There is also a good ammount of western history in this movie. The only thing is, Thomas Haden Church's character, potrayed as a young man, was actually older in real life (how'd I figure it out? The History Channel!!! Yeah... I watch it once in a while). Other then some historical innacuracies of the gunfight, the movie in itself is very good! (I'm not a western genre fan, either!) (Sorry for my horrible misspellings, but I'm too lazy to deal with ClarisWorks or consult my Franklin speller...)
A wonderful and traditional Western film that is based on the romantization of Wyatt Earp and his brothers and friend Doc Holliday. In fact, the Earps were just as bad as criminals as the cowboys. But this movie isn't intended to be in the genre of realism. It is in many ways, a revenge tragedy with great Biblical allusions that level the movie into the Christian duality of good vs. evil. Doc Holliday, played by Val Kilmer deserved an Oscar in my opinion.
RUSSLE is riveting as earp . and KILMER is dynamite as doc holliday . RUSSLE plays as the most famous lawman to stride in the wild west and KILMER as his deadly best friend doc holliday who adds power to this hard hitting western. tombstone is a thrilling journey of romance,adventure and desperate heroic action.
Tombstone became our favorite movie when we first viewed it and it has remained since. I've lost count of how many times we've viewed it and we seldom watch a movie more than once. We purchased it on VHS and wore out the tape, we now own it on DVD. We even get more rediculous as to be able to recite nearly every line spoken in the movie! A must have in your collection.