DIRECTED BY GEORGE P. COSMATOS
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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 OK Corral.
Written by Ed Sutton
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 ... Deputy Billy Breckinridge
Jon Tenney ... John Behan, Cochise County Sheriff
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 Blaylock Earp, aka Celia Maddon
Joanna Pacula ... Kate
Michael Rooker ... Sherman McMasters
Harry Carey Jr. ... Tombstone Marshal Fred White
Billy Bob Thornton ... Johnny Tyler (faro dealer at Oriental Saloon)
Tomas Arana ... Frank Stillwell
Pat Brady ... Milt Joyce (owner / operator of Oriental Saloon)
Paul Ben-Victor ... Florentino
John Philbin ... Tom McLaury
Robert John Burke ... Frank McLaury (as Robert Burke)
Billy Zane ... Mr. Fabian
Wyatt Earp ... Billy Claiborne
John Corbett ... Barnes
Bo Greigh ... Wes Fuller (as W. R. Bo Gray)
Forrie J. Smith ... Pony Deal
Peter Sherayko ... Texas Jack Vermillion
Buck Taylor ... Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
Terry O'Quinn ... Mayor John Clum
Charles Schneider ... Prof. Gillman
Gary Clarke ... U.S. Marshal Crawley Dake (as Gary Clark)
Billy Joe Patton ... Deputy
Frank Stallone ... Ed Bailey
Bobby Joe McFadden ... Gambler #1
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... The priest
Michael N. Garcia ... Rurale captain / Groom
Grant Wheeler ... Drunk
Jim Dunham ... Miner
Stephen C. Foster ... Hank Swilling (as Stephen Foster)
Grant James ... Dr. Goodfellow
Don Collier ... High roller
Cecil Hoffman ... Town resident (as Cecil Hoffmann)
Charlie Ward ... Cowboy #1
Clark A. Ray ... Cowboy #2 (as Clark Ray)
Christopher Mitchum ... Ranch hand (as Chris Mitchum)
Sanford Gibbons ... Father Feeney (as Sandy Gibbons)
Evan Osborne ... Piano player
Shane McCabe ... Audience member
Robert Mitchum ... Narrator (voice)
Michelle Beauchamp ... Mexican bride (uncredited)
Sam Dolan ... (uncredited)
Jim Flowers ... Blackjack dealer (uncredited)
Cindy Hundt ... Woman in protest wagon (uncredited)
J. Nathan Simmons ... Townsman (uncredited)
Michael Wise ... Emigrant (uncredited)
Sean Daniel .... producer
John Fasano .... associate producer
Buzz Feitshans .... executive producer
William A. Fraker .... associate producer
James Jacks .... producer
Bob Misiorowski .... producer
Michael R. Sloan .... associate producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
* Director George P. Cosmatos is quoted as saying that all lightning and mustaches are real.
* The nocturne that Doc Holliday plays is Chopin's Noctune #19 in E minor, Opus 72 No. 1.
* Actor Trademark: [Val Kilmer] flipping a poker chip over his knuckles.
* The real Wyatt Earp's fifth cousin, Wyatt Earp, plays Billy Claiborne.
* Although the gunfight at the O. K. Corral plays out more or less as it did in real life, the filmmakers made several small changes. In the actual incident it was Ike Clanton who ran through the corral to escape (in the film it is Barnes who runs out the back). The film instead shows Ike Clanton running into the photographer's studio while firing a few shots back at the Earps and Doc. In reality, it was Billy Claiborne who performed this action before escaping unscathed.
* The Latin phrases spoken by Doc and Ringo have implied meaning beyond their literal translation. The conversation could be translated into vernacular English this way: DOC: Wine loosens the tongue. RINGO: You better pay attention to what you're doing. DOC: Go tell someone else. RINGO: (tapping his gun) Fools must learn through experience. DOC: Rest in peace.
* Kevin Jarre began as director, filming all of Charlton Heston's scenes. After he was fired, Kurt Russell rallied the cast and crew to continue shooting, for fear that the studio would shut the picture down instead of hiring a new director. Russell acted as director (unofficially) until the studio sent George P. Cosmatos to take over as the director.
* Kevin Jarre's original script for Tombstone was significantly longer than the final film. It was intended to be an epic, detailing the lives of all the combatant parties in the story. After Jarre was fired as director, George P. Cosmatos hired John Fasano to trim the script to focus primarily on the Earp family (to make the already-delayed shoot more manageable). Fasano received co-author credit in early promotional materials, but his name was removed from the film's credits (probably due to Writer Guild arbitration). Instead, Fasano was given an Associate Producer credit.
* When the Earps first enter Tombstone, a grave marker can be seen in the cemetery that reads "Here lies Lester Moore, Four slugs from a .44, No Les No more." There is an actual tombstone in Tombstone, Arizona that has that epitaph.
* The excerpt from William Shakespeare's "Henry the V" that is recited by Mr. Fabian is the same passage that Dutton Peabody speaks to himself while walking down the street in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962).
* The expression "I'm your huckleberry" spoken by Doc means "I'm the perfect man for the job." It is not a reference to Mark Twain's Huck Finn, as that book was published in 1885 and this movie takes place in 1881.
* 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: Iuventus stultorum magister. (Youth is the teacher of fools.) Doc Holliday: In pace requiescat. (May he rest in peace.)
* Val Kilmer has been quoted as saying that screenwriter Kevin Jarre insisted the actors wear real wool costumes, in accordance with the time period. During the scene in the Birdcage Theater, Val Kilmer says, a thermometer was placed on the set, and it read 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Kilmer suggested jokingly that this was the reason Doc Holliday killed so many people: "It's just, like, he wore wool in the summer, in the Arizona territory, and that made him mad."
* Robert Mitchum was signed on to star as Old Man Clanton. On the first day of shooting he fell from his horse and injured his back, forcing him to quit the part. Instead, Mitchum provides the narration at the beginning and end of the film. The part of Old Man Clanton was eliminated from the script.
* Many scenes/subplots cut from the film still did not make the expanded DVD version: one sequence was the Cowboys' bonfire rally/mourning scene, which takes place the night they buried the Clantons killed in the OK Corral gunfight. A brief shot can be seen in some of the trailers (Curly Bill throwing a bottle of whiskey into the bonfire).
* In the original teasers for the film, John Fasano is credited as being co-screenwriter. His name disappeared by the time the trailers were released.
* Longtime veteran western actor Glenn Ford had originally signed on as a cameo role in this film; however, poor health forced him to withdraw.
* The line quoted by Doc at the end of the fight at the OK Corral is historically true and was reported in the Tombstone papers reporting the fight. When confronted by one of the Cowboys at point blank range, the Cowboy reportedly said, "I got you now Doc, you son of a bitch," to which Doc gleefully retorted, "You're a daisy if you do!"
* In an interview with True West magazine (Oct. 2006), star Kurt Russell admits that after original director Kevin Jarre was fired, he directed a majority of the picture. According to Russell, credited director George P. Cosmatos served merely to make things run smoothly. Also in the True West interview, Kurt Russell states that the film was nearly cast with Richard Gere as Wyatt Earp and Willem Dafoe as Doc Holliday.
* Then-72-year old Harry Carey Jr. played Marshal Fred White in spite of the fact that the real Fred White was about 31 years old at the time of his murder.
* Throughout the movie, Ike constantly refers to the Earps as "Pimps". This was due to the fact that the Earps' wives were all Dodge City prostitutes and that the women would sometimes continue to sell themselves out for extra income while they were in Dodge.
* 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 things." 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 shootout. As in real life, the juggler raced off stage yelling "My God! They're really shooting at us!" Actually...."Professor" Gillam was 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.
* "I'll be damned" really are the final words of John "Doc" Holliday. To this day, historians have debated on why Doc said that. The main theory is that Doc had become a gunfighter hoping that someone would kill him and spare him the effects of tuberculosis and that he was amazed that that the disease is what killed him: not the drinking, gambling, or gunfighting.
* Doc Holiday's last words "I'll be damned" were uttered when he realized he had bare feet. Doc swore he would "die with his boots on".
* As extraordinary as the scene is in which Wyatt kills Curly Bill Brocius in the creek, it is true. During the shootout in the creek when Wyatt kills Curly Bill, the next person he shoots is Johnny Barnes (the cowboy who yells "JESUS CHRIST!!"). As in real life, Wyatt shoots Barnes in the stomach. However, Barnes was not killed on site. He managed to escaped and died in a farmhouse. However, before dying, he told the story of how Wyatt REALLY did walk into a hail of Curly Bill's gunfire unscathed and walked right up to Bill and shot him point blank with both barrels of a double-barreled shotgun.
* Factual errors: Curly Bill Brocius is shown as the leader of the "cowboys" prior to the arrival of the Earps. In truth, the "cowboy" band was under the control of "Old Man" Clanton until his death, during a rustling expedition into Mexico, about 1-1/2 years after the Earps arrived.
* Factual errors: The 3 Earp brothers, Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan are shown arriving in Tombstone. In truth, Wyatt, Virgil, and James Earp arrived together. At the time, Morgan was already en route, and Warren Earp would soon follow.
* Factual errors: At the time of the Earp's arrival, Tombstone is portrayed as a prototypical (i.e. studio backlot) rowdy cowtown, with lots of new wooden buildings. It was, in fact, a mining boom town in the early stages of development. The few wooden buildings were outnumbered by adobe ones, which were in turn outnumbered by tents.
* Factual errors: Upon arrival, the Earps are greeted by Johnny Behan, the sheriff of Cochise Country. When the Earps really arrived (1879), there was no Cochise County. Tombstone was still in Pima County and Charles Shibbell was sheriff. Cochise County was gerrymandered out of Pima County in 1881, when Democrat Behan was appointed sheriff by the Democrat governor. Much of the history involved the conflicts between Republicans (miners, townspeople, the Earps) and Democrats (Behan, ranchers, the "cowboys").
* Continuity: The amount of damage to the window panes after Ike Clanton breaks the window to shoot at the Earps during the OK Corral scene
* Anachronisms: The Bird Cage Theater did not open its doors until December 25, 1881, almost three months to the day after the gunfight at the OK Corral, yet in scene 7 of the movie you see Curly Bill Brocious and Johnny Ringo enjoying the show, along with all the Earps, BEFORE the gunfight took place.
* Continuity: The amount of chips and money on the poker table after Doc and Kate make a quick escape from the bar approximately 12 minutes into the movie.
* Anachronisms: Marshall Fred White is shown being killed after the Earps visit the Bird Cage Theatre. White was actually shot on an empty lot where the Bird Cage Theatre was later built.
* Factual errors: Virgil and Morgan Earp were not ambushed during the same evening. Virgil was shot in December, 1881, Morgan was killed in March, 1882.
* Revealing mistakes: After Morgan dies from the gunshot wound, Wyatt goes outside into the rain, which is localized to 20 feet around him.
* Continuity: The delay between Curly Bill shooting his pistol and the smashing of the window and lamp is too long.
* Continuity: The pool balls on the table.
* Continuity: When Morgan is shot and being worked on by the doctor with Wyatt's help, the blood on Wyatt's hands changes from shot to shot from totally drenched in blood to just enough to add some color to his skin.
* Factual errors: The Earps did not shoot at Ike Clanton in Fly's Photography studio.
* Factual errors: Mattie Earp didn't die shortly after leaving Tombstone, but met up with Big Nose Kate and lived for another 8 years.
* Crew or equipment visible: As Marshall White steps up to Curly Bill, prior to Curly Bill shooting him, a wire is clearly visible emerging from his pant leg and trailing off camera. Presumably this is for the upcoming "shot in the chest" special effects.
* Continuity: During the OK Corral gunfight, Doc Holiday fires three shots from the same shotgun without reloading. While the second and third shots do in fact produce the same injury to the cowboy, they are completely different shots. With the first shot we see Doc point the shotgun to the air and fire, making the horse rear up. In the second shot Doc shoulders the shotgun, aims down the barrel and fires. While the last shot shows Doc running sideways while holding the shotgun almost at his hip.
* Continuity: When Curly Bill shoots up the town, he fires more than 20 shots. There is a pause during the cut to the dialog interior scene but it is not nearly long enough to reload 12 rounds by someone who is intoxicated.
* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the gun fight at the O.K. Corral, gun shots are being fired from all participants and yet the horse still rears at a blast from Doc Holliday's shotgun later in the battle. That gun was louder than the others, and possibly closer to the horse.
* Factual errors: At the start of the fight at the O.K. Corral, Doc Holliday fires three shots from his double barreled shotgun.
* Revealing mistakes: Before Marshall White is shot you can see the bulge under his shirt where the blood packet is.
* Revealing mistakes: When Wyatt and the others leave two cowboys hanging in front of the Dragoon Saloon, you can see clearly that neither man actually has a rope on his neck. As the one man swings around, on his jacket you can see the outline of the rope going straight down into the harness that's holding him.
* Revealing mistakes: When Josephine is supposedly riding side-saddle with Wyatt, we see, when it turns, that she is actually straddling the horse.
* Continuity: After the gunfight at the OK Corral, there is a funeral procession at sunset. In the long shots, Ike's hand carrying the flowers is at his side, but in the close-ups he is holding the flowers up.
* Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the opening scene, we see a Winchester Model 1873 being loaded. A round is then levered onto the chamber. The sound is that of a different rifle as the model '73 has a very distinctive "clank" caused by the heavy brass cartridge lifter.
* Continuity: In the gun fight at the O K Corral, Frank McLaury's hat is on/off /on.
* Continuity: When Virgil gets surgery on his arm, Wyatt slams the door as he leaves, but it bounces back open. In the shot just following that, when Wyatt is on the street outside the house, the door is closed.
* Continuity: When Doc Holiday keels over and falls from his horse, there's a substantial amount of blood coming from his mouth as he spits up. Once on the ground and before he's assisted, there is barely any blood present.
* Anachronisms: When Wyatt first arrives in Tombstone, the Bird Cage Theatre is in the background. Wyatt's arrival was in 1879, the Bird Cage was not built until 1881.
* Revealing mistakes: When Morgan dies his eyes are wide open. As Wyatt lays him down rolling his head to the side Morgan's eyes continue to focus at the ceiling instead of turning with the motion of his head as dead eyes would do.
* Continuity: During the shootout at OK Corall, Frank McLaury (Robert John Burke) is wearing his hat, but during his close-up it's off of his head, then when the shooting starts it's back on.
* Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Wyatt holds off a small mob wanting to lynch Curly Bill for shooting Sheriff White. One must assume they witnessed the shooting since they came up so quickly. Later, Wyatt complains that Judge Spicer dismissed the case due to lack of witnesses. It is possible, however, that the witnesses refused to testify for fear of Cowboy retaliation.
* Continuity: During the first Mexican village scene, when the wedding party is leaving the church the preacher puts on his hat inside the church. As the party leaves the church he is seen putting it on again.
* Continuity: Early in the movie, when Wyatt Earp meets his brothers at the train station they stand for a moment looking in a mirror. The reflection of the group shows the there are no shadows on their necks and shoulders. When the camera looks directly at the group one can see shadows on the group's necks and shoulders.
* Continuity: During the barroom scene showcasing Johnny Ringo's gun handling skills, Wyatt's hand alternates between being on the shotgun under the table and then again on top of the table all while he is conveying the impression of covering the Cowboys.
* Revealing mistakes: When Doc Holliday is on his death bed Wyatt comes to visit. When dealing the poker hand Wyatt says "2 bits a hand, Stud?" then asks Doc Holliday how many cards he wants. However in Stud, no cards can be exchanged.
* Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When the group first meets Marshall White and he's explaining how the "Cowboys" run the town, he points out "3 of them over there" by their red sashes. When you look, there are actually 4 men with red sashes.
* Anachronisms: In the scene when Virgil returns to the Oriental after being shot, Wyatt and Morgan are sitting at a table eating Chinese noodles with vegetables, among which is broccoli. Broccoli was practically unknown in the United States until it began to be commercially cultivated in California in the 1920s.
* Anachronisms: When Doc is playing poker with Ed Bailey and Doc lays his guns on the table, a Washington quarter is clearly evident on the table. These type of Washington quarters began being minted in 1932.
* Anachronisms: In the "showdown" scene between Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday, a close up of Johnny's eyes reveals the clearly visible outer edges of contact lens.
* Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Morgan is shot in the pool hall, while laying on the pool table bleeding to death. Wyatt is stroking his forehead with his thumb which is drenched in blood, but leaves no marks at all on Morgan’s head.
* Continuity: When Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan are playing pool after Marshall White is shot, Virgil and Morgan are wearing their guns and gun belts. However, when Virgil steps outside and hears the gunshots he reaches for his gun and it's not there.
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