Tombstone (1993)

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    Information From IMDb

    Plot Summary
    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

    Full Cast
    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)

    Writing credits
    Kevin Jarre

    Produced by
    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

    Original Music
    Bruce Broughton

    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.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Arizona, USA
    Babocomari Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona, USA
    Mescal, Arizona, USA
    Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA



    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 12 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Tombstone is a 1993 American western film directed by George P. Cosmatos,
    written by Kevin Jarre (who was also the original director,
    but was replaced early in production and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer,
    with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn,
    and Dana Delany in supporting roles, as well as a narration by Robert Mitchum.

    The film is based on events in Tombstone, Arizona, including the
    Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Earp Vendetta Ride, during the 1880s.
    It depicts a number of western outlaws and lawmen, such as Wyatt Earp, William Brocius,
    Johnny Ringo, and Doc Holliday.

    Tombstone was released by Hollywood Pictures in theatrical wide release
    in the United States on December 24, 1993, grossing $56.5 million in domestic ticket sales.
    The film was a financial success, and for the Western genre it ranks number 14
    in the list of highest-grossing films since 1979.
    Critical reception was generally positive, but the film failed to garner award nominations
    for production merits or acting from any mainstream motion picture organizations.

    My personal opinion is that this movie,
    is one of the best westerns ever made.
    A good omen, in that any film using Bob Mitchum
    as Narrator had to be a good start.

    He was originally in the movie, but injured his back,
    prior to shooting.
    The movie had everything, a classic western should have,
    and is in my mind, the best of the 'Earp' films,
    far outshining the weaker 'Wyatt Earp',
    released at around the same time.
    Kurt Russell, who was the uncredited 'real' director,
    was brilliant as Wyatt, and was far more credible then
    the weak portrayal by Kevin Costner#

    However, the movie was almost completely stolen
    by Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday!
    This was arguably Kilmer's best ever part,
    and a sheer joy to watch and enjoy.

    Without doubt a great western.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Ethan I couldn't agree with you more. This is quite possibly the best western I have ever seen (I still haven't seen them all). Anyway I think Val stole this one from Kurt and let's not forget our good friend Harry Carey, jr. as Fred White no matter the age difference. Hated to read about Robert Mitchum's injury, but at least he still had a significant role in the picture.

    One of my favorite scenes from this movie is the one where Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo square off in the bar and Ringo does his tricks with the pistol and then Holliday does the same with his shot glass. Classic.

    And let's not forget Pedro Armendariz, jr. had a small role in this movie as well. Guess I am partial to the actors who were in Duke movies.

    Stay thirsty my friends.

  • goodpost.gif Great Post Keith

    One of the best modern westerns that have been made of late with superb performances from Kurt Russell & Val Kilmer.

    I always think the actor Powers Boothe who portrayed Curly Bill Brocius reminds me so much of the characteristics of Lee Marvin.

    One of the last roles for the late great Charlton Heston as Henry Hooker.

    The priest killed at the start of the movie is the son of Pedro Armendáriz.


  • I'm also in agreement on this being a great western. It gave me a great quote by Val Kilmer that I use sometimes, "I'll be your huckleberry." Love that line. And I think one of the best shots in the film is when Kurt yells after one of the cowboys, "Tell them I'm coming, and hell's coming with me!" Awesome shot, and delivery of the line. While I also liked Kevin Costners Wyatt Earp, I'll agree that this film outshined it.


    "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "

  • I think what makes this movie such a classic is the dialogue. Whoever wrote the script went all out. I've never seen a movie that had such classic unforgettable lines. One of my favorite parts is when Wyatt confronts Johnny Tyler( Billy Bob Thornton) in The Oriental. And it all starts with, "I just wanted you to know that you're sitting in my chair", and pretty much ends with "you gonna do something or just stand there and bleed".

  • As a few quotes have been mentioned on this thread,
    particularly the onre uttered by Doc,
    I thought I'd list the printed ones here.

    Memorable Quotes

    Information From IMDb

    Curly Bill: [takes a bill with Wyatt's signature from a customer and throws it on the faro table] Wyatt Earp, huh? I heard of you.
    Ike Clanton: Listen, Mr. Kansas Law Dog. Law don't go around here. Savvy?
    Wyatt Earp: I'm retired.
    Curly Bill: Good. That's real good.
    Ike Clanton: Yeah, that's good, Mr. Law Dog, 'cause law don't go around here.
    Wyatt Earp: I heard you the first time.
    [flips a card]
    Wyatt Earp: Winner to the King, five hundred dollars.
    Curly Bill: Shut up, Ike.
    Johnny Ringo: [Ringo steps up to Doc] And you must be Doc Holliday.
    Doc Holliday: That's the rumor.
    Johnny Ringo: You retired too?
    Doc Holliday: Not me. I'm in my prime.
    Johnny Ringo: Yeah, you look it.
    Doc Holliday: And you must be Ringo. Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?
    Kate: You don't even know him.
    Doc Holliday: Yes, but there's just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don't know, reminds me of... me. No. I'm sure of it, I hate him.
    Wyatt Earp: [to Ringo] He's drunk.
    Doc Holliday: In vino veritas.
    ['In wine is truth' meaning: 'When I'm drinking, I speak my mind']
    Johnny Ringo: Age quod agis.
    ['Do what you do' meaning: 'Do what you do best']
    Doc Holliday: Credat Judaeus apella, non ego.
    ['The Jew Apella may believe it, not I' meaning: 'I don't believe drinking is what I do best.']
    Johnny Ringo: [pats his gun] Eventus stultorum magister.
    ['Events are the teachers of fools' meaning: 'Fools have to learn by experience']
    Doc Holliday: [gives a Cheshire cat smile] In pace requiescat.
    ['Rest in peace' meaning: 'It's your funeral!']
    Tombstone Marshal Fred White: Come on boys. We don't want any trouble in here. Not in any language.
    Doc Holliday: Evidently Mr. Ringo's an educated man. Now I really hate him.
    Doc Holliday: You must be Ringo.
    [to Big Nose Kate]
    Doc Holliday: Look, darlin', it's Johnny Ringo. Deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darlin', should I hate him?
    Mexican Groom: [to the Cowboys, who have just shot him in the knee] You go hell!
    Curly Bill: You first.
    Wyatt Earp: [to Ike Clanton] You die first, get it? Your friends might get me in a rush, but not before I make your head into a canoe, you understand me?
    Wyatt Earp: I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now for the first time I know exactly what I want and who... that's the damnable misery of it.
    Doc Holliday: Why Kate, you're not wearing a bustle. How lewd.
    Ike Clanton: What is that now? Twelve hands in a row? Holliday, son of a bitch, nobody's that lucky.
    Doc Holliday: Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game Ike. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!
    Doc Holliday: What do you want Wyatt?
    Wyatt Earp: Just to live a normal life.
    Doc Holliday: There is no normal life, Wyatt, there's just life, ya live it.
    Wyatt Earp: I don't know how.
    Doc Holliday: Sure ya do, say goodbye to me, go grab that spirited actress and make her your own. Take that spirit from her and don't look back. Live every second, live right on through to the end. Live Wyatt, live for me. Wyatt, if you were ever my friend... if ya ever had even the slightest of feelin' for me, leave now, leave now... please.
    Wyatt Earp: Thanks for always being there, Doc.
    Doc Holliday: It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.
    Doc Holliday: I'm your huckleberry...
    Curly Bill: Hey Johnny, what did that Mexican mean by a sick horse is going to get us?
    Johnny Ringo: He was quoting the Bible, Revelations. "Behold the pale horse". The man who "sat on him was Death... and Hell followed with him".
    Wyatt Earp: How are you?
    Doc Holliday: I'm dying, how are you?
    Wyatt Earp: All right, Clanton... you called down the thunder, well now you've got it! You see that?
    [pulls open his coat, revealing a badge]
    Wyatt Earp: It says United States Marshal!
    Ike Clanton: [terrified, pleading] Wyatt, please, I...
    Wyatt Earp: [referring to Stilwell, laying dead] Take a good look at him, Ike... 'cause that's how you're gonna end up!
    [shoves Ike down roughly with his boot]
    Wyatt Earp: The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin' it!
    [lets Ike up to run for his life]
    Wyatt Earp: So run, you cur... RUN! Tell all the other curs the law's comin'!
    Wyatt Earp: You tell 'em I'M coming... and hell's coming with me, you hear?...
    Wyatt Earp: Hell's coming with me!
    Sherman McMasters: Where is he?
    Doc Holliday: Down by the creek, walking on water.
    Josephine: I'm a woman, I like men. If that means I'm not "lady-like", then I guess I'm just not a lady! At least I'm honest.
    Wyatt Earp: You're different. No arguin' that. But you're a lady alright. I'd take my oath on it.
    Billy Clanton: Stephen Foster. "Oh, Susannah", "Camptown Races". Stephen stinking Foster.
    Doc Holliday: Ah, yes. Well, this happens to be a nocturne.
    Billy Clanton: A which?
    Doc Holliday: You know, Frederic fucking Chopin.
    Morgan Earp: Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, "God made all this and He remembered to make a little speck like me." It's kind of flattering, really.
    Billy Clanton: Why, it's the drunk piano player. You're so drunk, you can't hit nothin'. In fact, you're probably seeing double.
    [Billy Clanton draws a knife]
    Doc Holliday: [takes out a second gun] I have two guns, one for each of ya.
    Johnny Tyler: I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.
    Wyatt Earp: From now on I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. So run you cur. And tell the other curs the law is coming. You tell 'em I'm coming! And Hell's coming with me you hear! Hell's coming with me!
    Doc Holliday: [to Johnny Ringo] Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave.
    Johnny Ringo: I want your blood. And I want your souls. And I want them both right now!
    [Wyatt Earp has just found out that the devil in a play was performed by a woman]
    Wyatt Earp: Well, I'll be damned.
    Doc Holliday: You may indeed, if you get lucky.
    Doc Holliday: Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.
    Doc Holliday: It's true, you are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist.
    Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?
    Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
    Wyatt Earp: What does he need?
    Doc Holliday: Revenge.
    Wyatt Earp: For what?
    Doc Holliday: Bein' born.
    Wyatt Earp: You gonna do somethin'? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed?
    Johnny Ringo: My fight's not with you, Holliday.
    Doc Holliday: I beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. "Play for Blood," remember?
    Johnny Ringo: Oh that. I was just foolin' about.
    Doc Holliday: I wasn't.
    Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: Why you doin' this, Doc?
    Doc Holliday: Because Wyatt Earp is my friend.
    Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: Friend? Hell, I got lots of friends.
    Doc Holliday: ...I don't.
    Doc Holliday: Make no mistake, it's not revenge he's after. It's a reckonin'.
    Sherman McMasters: [about Wyatt] If they were my brothers, I'd want revenge, too.
    Doc Holliday: Oh, make no mistake. It's not revenge he's after. It's a reckoning.
    Frank Stillwell: [Stillwell and Ike are planning to ambush the Earps at the train station] That's Virgil there with the women.
    Ike Clanton: He's mine, understand?
    Frank Stillwell: [Cocking his rifle] Hey Mattie! Where's Wyatt?
    Wyatt Earp: Right behind you, Stillwell.
    [Shoots Stillwell as he turns around]
    Johnny Ringo: [Ringo has taken Holliday up on his offer to 'finish the game'] All right, 'lunger'. Let's do it.
    Doc Holliday: Say when.
    Texas Jack: You ever seen somethin' like that before?
    Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: Hell, I never even heard of something like that.
    Doc Holliday: [to Johnny Ringo, after shooting him in a duel] You're no daisy! You're no daisy at all. Poor soul, you were just too high strung.
    Doc Holliday: [after killing Johnny Ringo] It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear.
    Wyatt Earp: I did my duty, now I'd like to get on with my life. I'm going to Tombstone.
    Crawley Dake: Ah, I see. To strike it rich. Well, all right, that's fine. Tell you one thing, though... I never saw a rich man who didn't wind up with a guilty conscience.
    Wyatt Earp: Already got a guilty conscience. Might as well have the money, too. Good day, now.
    Virgil Earp: What the hell kinda town is this?
    Morgan Earp: Nice scenery.
    Doc Holliday: Well, an enchanted moment.
    Josephine Marcus: Interesting little scene. I wonder who that tall drink of water is.
    Mr. Fabian: My dear, you've set your gaze upon the quintessential frontier type. Note the lean silhouette... eyes closed by the sun, though sharp as a hawk. He's got the look of both predator and prey.
    Josephine Marcus: I want one.
    Mr. Fabian: Happy hunting.
    [Morgan is fatally wounded in a gunfight]
    Morgan Earp: Remember what I said about people seein' a bright light before they die? It ain't true. I can't see a damn thing.
    Wyatt Earp: Fight's commenced! Get to fightin' or get away!
    [while watching a play in which Faust sells his soul to the Devil]
    Curly Bill: You know what I'd do? I'd take that deal 'n' crawfish, then drill that ol' Devil in the ass. What about you Juanito, what would you do?
    Johnny Ringo: I already did it.
    Sheriff John Behan: We're growing. Be as big as San Francisco in a few years, and just as sophisticated.
    Doc Holliday: Very cosmopolitan.
    Wyatt Earp: I just want you to know it's over between us.
    Curly Bill: Well... bye.
    Johnny Ringo: Smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.
    Wyatt Earp: [Tyler reaches for his gun] Go ahead, skin it! Skin that smokewagon and see what happens...
    Johnny Tyler: [pauses, scared] M-mister, I'm gettin' tired of your...
    Wyatt Earp: [slaps Tyler across the face, unafraid] I'm gettin' tired of all your gas, now jerk that pistol and go to work!
    Wyatt Earp: [slaps him harder, now completely steely-eyed] I said throw down, boy!
    Doc Holliday: Forgive me if I don't shake hands.
    Doc Holliday: Oh. Johnny, I apologize; I forgot you were there. You may go now.
    Doc Holliday: I stand corrected, Wyatt. You're an oak.
    Wyatt Earp: You could have been busted up back there, or killed.
    Josephine Marcus: Fun, though, wasn't it?
    Wyatt Earp: You'd die for fun?
    Josephine Marcus: Wouldn't you?
    Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: Nobody move!
    Doc Holliday: Nonsense. By all means, move.
    Doc Holliday: Weave a circle round him thrice, / And close your eyes with holy dread, / For he on honey-dew hath fed, / And drunk the milk of Paradise.
    Wyatt Earp: Sheriff Behan, have you met Doc Holliday?
    Doc Holliday: Piss on you, Wyatt.
    Doc Holliday: Why Johnny Tyler! You madcap!
    Johnny Tyler: Doc?
    Doc Holliday: Where you goin' with that shotgun?
    Kate: I've been good to you, I've taken care of you. If you die, where does that leave me?
    Doc Holliday: Without a meal ticket I suppose.
    [Doc rides horse out of barn into stable area, Kate runs out after him punching him in anger]
    Kate: You bastard!
    Doc Holliday: Why Kate, have you no kind words for me as I ride away?
    Doc Holliday: I calculate not.
    [rides off]
    Johnny Tyler: You run your mouth awful reckless for a man that don't go heeled.
    Wyatt Earp: No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.
    Curly Bill: [after a vicious gunfight with the Mexican police] Looks like we win.
    Doc Holliday: Sheriff, allow me to present a pair of fellow sophisticates. Turkey Creek Jack Johnson and Texas Jack Vermillion. Mind your ear, Creek.
    Johnny Ringo: [Ringo is trying to get McMasters to rejoin the Cowboys] So, there's nothin' I can say to get you to come back?
    Sherman McMasters: Not after what you done. Not after shootin' at the Earp's women.
    Johnny Ringo: All right then, I guess you can just get back on your horse and ride back down there to your new friends.
    Ike Clanton: [placing a shotgun to McMaster's head] Hey. I just got one question; how're you planning on gettin' back down there?
    Frank McLaury: [a mortally wounded McLaury is taking aim at Doc] I've got you now... you son of a bitch!
    Doc Holliday: [holds up arms] You're a daisy if you do!
    [Morgan shoots McLaury]
    Doc Holliday: [taunting a card player who believes Holliday is cheating him] Why Ed does this mean we're not friends anymore? You know Ed, if I thought you weren't my friend... I just don't think I could bear it!
    Doc Holliday: And so she walked out of our lives forever.
    Wyatt Earp: In all that time workin' those cow towns, I was only ever mixed up in one shootin', just one! But a man lost his life and I took it! You don't know how that feels, and believe me boy, you don't ever want to know. Not ever!
    Henchman: [attempting to translate what the Mexican priest said] He talkin loco... crazy... somethin' about a sick horse comin' to get us.
    Johnny Ringo: That's not what he said, you ignorant wretch. Your Spanish is worse than your English.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Great quotes ethan. Here's one that I didn't see listed here. Right after Ringo and Holliday get through talking in Latin (I think that's the language they're using), Fred White says,"We don't want any trouble, not in any language." I thought that was a pretty good quote as well. I may not have it word for word, but it's pretty close.

    Stay thirsty my friends.

  • i love this movie, i have seen it at dozen times. I tottally agree with the fact that Val outshined Kurt in this. The entire movie was better then the Wyatt Earp movie.

  • Did anyone else pick up that Duke stalwart Don Collier was the faro player who bucked the tiger?
    There was an article in a Wild West magazine with Kurt Russell who is contemplating restoring Tombstone to it's original running time. He has all the original footage in his garage, of all places, and is toying with making it into a kind of mini series.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • First of all it IS great. I've caught it close to 20 times, and have it on tape and DVD. I like Costner's version too for other reasons, but this one is easily the best, with Kilmer stealing the entire film. Too bad his career didn't keep building on this. But it's an all-time classic without a doubt. And for me, the best telling of the "Gunfight".

  • There was an article in a Wild West magazine with Kurt Russell who is contemplating restoring Tombstone to it's original running time. He has all the original footage in his garage, of all places, and is toying with making it into a kind of mini series.

    We deal in lead, friend.

    This film is one of my all time favourites,
    and I for one would like to see the uncut version.


    First of all it IS great. I've caught it close to 20 times, and have it on tape and DVD. I like Costner's version too for other reasons, but this one is easily the best, with Kilmer stealing the entire film. Too bad his career didn't keep building on this. But it's an all-time classic without a doubt. And for me, the best telling of the "Gunfight".

    I thought Coster's 'Wyatt' was OK,
    but unfortunately for poor old Kevin,
    Tombstone was just superior, better paced, more dramatic,
    and had the genius of movie stealer Val Klmer.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • Did anyone else pick up that Duke stalwart Don Collier was the faro player who bucked the tiger?
    There was an article in a Wild West magazine with Kurt Russell who is contemplating restoring Tombstone to it's original running time. He has all the original footage in his garage, of all places, and is toying with making it into a kind of mini series.

    We deal in lead, friend.

    Man, I knew that voice sounded familiar. I don't think they showed a good shot of his face but, the voice. As for Russell restoring all the footage, I would love to see that. A few years back, they did bring out a directors cut of it with a few scenes put back in, among them, Sherm McMasters going to see his old gang and meeting a grisly end, Doc leaving Tombstone and Kate behind to ride with Wyatt on vengance tour. So, if there's more good scenes to add, then Russell should add them.

  • Right you are. They also filmed McMasters getting a message that Ringo wanted to talk to him, his reasons for walking into the trap, and that the Cowboys roped him and dragged him through a fire, causing the mangled body that is briefly glimpsed.
    Also filmed but deleted are scenes of Billy Clanton stealing Wyatt's racehorse, Wyatt riding alone to retrieve it and meeting Hooker (Heston) for the first time; meeting McMasters who tells him that the Cowboys are brothers to the bone; talking with Curly Bill who feels bad about shooting Fred White and allows Wyatt to take his horse and not get stomped by the gang;
    the Cowboys bonfire wake after the O.K. Corral and Curly Bill's orders to wait for revenge; Billy Breakenridge tracking and killing the Cowboys who had killed Mr. Fabian; Wyatt saluting him for doing so; Ringo and Ike confronting Hooker after Wyatt leaves Doc; and many, many more.
    The whole montage of Wyatt's posse wiping out the Cowboys was much longer and are actually individual scenes that were just cobbled together. For example, the shot of Wyatt on foot, walking forward and shooting is really just a snippet from a scene where they find Florentino and shoot him off his horse. Wyatt dismounts and Florention begs that he didn't kill Morgan and that he was only paid to watch. Wyatt loses it and shoots him to pieces.
    I've seen photos from these scenes so I know they were filmed. The shooting script also includes them.

    We deal in lead, friend.

  • I have the Tombstone directors cut, there is a whole bunch of extras that I haven't delved into. I guess I wil have to check it out and report back what I find.

    I cannot imagine what Kurt Russell would do to make a "mini series". I am not sure how that would work to tell you ther truth.

    Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
    -John Wayne

  • "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."
    I first saw this saying on a tombstone at Virginia City, Nevada in the
    early 1970's and other places, I can't remember since. Does anybody know where it was originally put on a Tombstone?
    The saying is so good, it's no wonder that many people put in their

    "A people that values their Privileges above it's Principles. Soon looses both." Dwight Eisenhower

  • Watched the extended version on dvd again. There's a restored scene right after Curly Bill tells Ike and Stillwell to follow the Earps and finish them off. It's between Doc and Kate as Doc saddles up to go with the Earps. Doc tells Kate that she's losing her meal ticket and says "Have you no kind word to say before I ride away"?
    That, as I finally realized, is a lyric from the song in "Gunfight at the OK Corral".

    We deal in lead, friend.