Tombstone Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, Charlton Heston

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Wyatt Earp (played by Kurt Russell) and his two brothers: Virgil (played by Sam Elliot) and Morgan (played by Bill Paxton) and their wives arrive in Tombstone, Arizona in an attempt to resettle and change their careers, after Wyatt has retired from being a Lawman. But Tombstone is not as "cosmopolitan" as the corrupt Sheriff of Tombstone, John Behan, claims that it is.
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Not long after arriving things appear to be going well for the Earp Family: Wyatt has secured a job as partner of a saloon, after running the bully off who was dominating the scene (Johnny Tyler played by Billy Bob Thornton). The sheriff has provided them with housing inside the city limits and welcomed them with open arms, business is flourishing and all seems like it couldn't get any better.

But then, Wyatt becomes reuinted with Doc Holiday, a rogue, gambler, and violent pistolero. His brother, Virgil, becomes incensed at the way he sees the local Cowboys who are actually a red sash wearing outlaw gang who run roughshod over the towns folk of Tombstone. And, unbeknownst to Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan become Tombstone policemen out of guilt for having done so well financially but not contributing to the welfare of the citizens.

Wyatt is outraged at their stupidity and tries to talk them out of it, to no avail. The centerpiece of the entire film plot occurs when the Red Sash Wearing Cowboy-Outlaws, led by Powers Booth who is portraying Curly Bill Brocius, Wyatt's main adversary, and his second in command, Johnny Ringo played by Michael Beihn, ride into town armed, in violation of the new laws set down by Virgil and Morgan Earp that all visitors to town must check in their guns with the Law.

Virgil wants to go down and disarm them. Wyatt tries to talk him out of a confrontation. But Virgil is insistent. Morgan wants to always back his brother's play. Wyatt finally concedes to the confrontation about the time Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) arrives fresh from his sickbed. Holiday, an alleged dentist, but confirmed gunman, is always ready for a fight, and in spite of his tuberculosis, shows up to support his ONLY friend, Wyatt Earp.

The five men, armed to the teeth, walk down Center Street Tombstone to the OK Corral and do not realize that they will become part of Americana that day. From this point on the film becomes increasingly more intense with every scene, and the true character of all involved becomes perfectly clear.

Dana Delaney, Wyatt's love interest in the film, who plays Josephine, an actress who has come to Tombstone to put on a show, is nearby being photographed in scanty nightwear when the Famous Gun Battle of the OK Corral begins. Sheriff Behan has feelings for her, as does Wyatt, but the violence that ensues erases all chances for her and Behan to become an item.

The review of this Movie prepared by KERRY BULLS

Having cleaned up Dodge City, Kansas, Wyatt Earp (Russell) turns in his badge and moves to Tombstone, Arizona with his wife and two brothers Virgil (Elliott) and Morgan (Paxton) to make it big in the "private sector." Unfortunately, the town is pretty much overrun by a wild gang that calls itself the Cowboys and features charismatic and outgoing "Curly Bill" Brocious (Boothe) and stone-cold gunslinger Johnny Ringo (Biehn) at its head. Wyatt also has to contend with his wife's opium addiction and the strong come-hithers he gets from Josephine Marcus (Dana Delaney), a professional actress who's taken the town by storm and temporarily taken up with the corrupt county sheriff, John Behan (Jon Tenney). On the plus side, old friend Doc Holliday (Kilmer, in an eccentric but mesmerizing performance) also shows up. Unlike other cinematic versions of this story, this 1993 film, sharply directed by George Cosmatos, does not climax with the shootout at the O.K. Corral: that comes midway through the story, which continues on to Wyatt Earp's fierce pursuit of justice and revenge in the months that followed. This is a standout modern Western.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday is the BEST! Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp is excellent also, as is Sam Elliott and the entire cast of this western. This is the most action packed Western I have seen. I have actually watched this show over 100 times and still love it! Justice will and does prevail and shows that a true friendship can be a lifesaving thing in a person's life.
The review of this Movie prepared by Suzanne Hall

If you like Westrens this is the movie for you!
Kurt Russell does excellent in his portrayl of Wyatt Earp,
as does Val Kilmer as the fiesty Doc Holliday.
There is plenty of action and a little romance. Very on the edge of your seat stuff. Bill paxton is an added pleasure.
The review of this Movie prepared by Candi

A western with guns blazing.
The review of this Movie prepared by EDWARD FLINGOS

Kurt Russell plays Wyatt Earp, who hangs up his marshal's badge and moves to Tombstone, the newest boom town. He and his two brothers and their wives invest in a gambling hall and aim to take part in the mining. But the Clanton gang spoils their plans, leading to the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Afterward, Earp takes revenge for the death of his brother.
The review of this Movie prepared by BethG

Script Analysis of Tombstone

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 33.3%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 26.7% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   hunting down outlaws    -   fighting bad business/family

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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