DIRECTED BY LAWRENCE KASDAN
PRODUCED BY KEVIN COSTNER/ LAWRENCE KASDAN
TIG/ KASDAM PROSUCTIONS
WARNER BROS. PICTURES
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Wyatt Earp is a movie about a man and his family.
The movie shows us the good times and the bad times
of one of the West's most famous individuals.
Written by Jimmy Anderson
Kevin Costner ... Wyatt Earp
Dennis Quaid ... Doc Holliday
Gene Hackman ... Nicholas Earp
David Andrews ... James Earp
Linden Ashby ... Morgan Earp
Jeff Fahey ... Ike Clanton
Joanna Going ... Josie Marcus
Mark Harmon ... Sheriff Johnny Behan
Michael Madsen ... Virgil Earp
Catherine O'Hara ... Allie Earp
Bill Pullman ... Ed Masterson
Isabella Rossellini ... Big Nose Kate
Tom Sizemore ... Bat Masterson
JoBeth Williams ... Bessie Earp
Mare Winningham ... Mattie Blaylock
James Gammon ... Mr. Sutherland
Rex Linn ... Frank McLaury
Randle Mell ... John Clum
Adam Baldwin ... Tom McLaury
and many more.....
Dan Gordon (written by) and
Lawrence Kasdan (written by)
Kevin Costner .... producer
Dan Gordon .... executive producer
Michael Grillo .... executive producer
Lawrence Kasdan .... producer
Charles Okun .... executive producer
Jon Slan .... executive producer
Jim Wilson .... producer
Warner Bros. Pictures
Paragon Entertainment Corporation (produced in association with)
James Newton Howard
Dennis Quaid lost over 30 pounds to play Doc Holliday, who suffered from tuberculosis.
Tombstone was being filmed at the same time nearby, and bought up most of the period clothing in the region. Clothing had to be imported from Europe, delaying production.
Michael Madsen was offered the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction, but he couldn't get released from this film.
For the movie, Wyatt Earp's actual 6 shooter was loaned by the Earp museum and used in some scenes during a number of close-ups.
Originally conceived as a six-hour mini-series.
Gene Hackman receives third-billing although he has less than 10 minutes of screen time.
Continuity: The sweat on Wyatt's shirt while working in the garden.
Revealing mistakes: When Wyatt, Ed, and Bat Masterson are shooting buffalo near the beginning of the movie, the buffalo are clearly dummies. When the last buffalo tumbles to the ground, its horns bounce up and down, indicating they're made from rubber.
Errors in geography: When Wyatt brings a prisoner to jail, you can briefly see mountains behind the buildings. The scene is set in Kansas, which has no mountains, but most of the movie was filmed in Las Vegas.
Anachronisms: During the opening view of the cornfield, you can clearly see a large curved track in the field. It was caused by a Circle Pivot irrigation system, which did not exist in 1863.
Factual errors: Wyatt and Morgan weren't Tombstone Deputy Marshalls until minutes before the OK Corral fight, when Virgil deputized them and Doc Holliday.
Factual errors: Wyatt did not carry a Colt Peacemaker or use a conventional holster rig at the OK Corral. His preferred weapon was a Smith & Wesson American .44 (nickel plated and scroll engraved), which he carried in a holster hidden in a pocket of his full-length overcoat.
Factual errors: When the workmen are laying track for the railroad, a rail is dropped into place using rail tongs, then 2 workmen immediately begin hammering in the spikes. No one tries to measure or position the rail properly before attaching it to the tie. Plus, the end of the rail is right at the edge of the tie they are they are nailing it to, meaning the end of the next rail placed would be unsupported.
Revealing mistakes: In the film's first scene, Wyatt is shown sipping coffee in a darkened room. But the heavy cloud of steam coming from the cup indicates that there is no real coffee inside; actual coffee that hot would badly burn his lips if he attempted to drink it.
Factual errors: Wyatt wears a so-called Hollywood style pistol belt, which keeps the holster permanently positioned at his right side. Such holsters were not used in the Old West; they are a product of the movie industry. Actual gun belts of the period slipped through a loop on the back of the holster, which allowed the holster to be positioned anywhere along the belt's length. This correct type is worn by most of the film's other characters.
Anachronisms: When Wyatt is refereeing the boxing fight, there are American flags present that show all fifty stars, which obviously was not around at the time.
Errors in geography: At the end of the film, Wyatt and Josephine arrive in Alaska on board a ship, and Wyatt makes a comment about there being "gold up in those mountains." While Wyatt did live in Nome, Alaska for two years around 1898, they are obviously not in the Nome area in the film. There are no trees anywhere within eyesight of Nome, and there are no high snow-capped mountains anywhere near Nome either. The geography looks like it could be in another part of Alaska, but definitely not Nome. Also, the gold in the Nome area was gold dust from the ocean which drifted onto the beach, not in the mountains.
Anachronisms: In the first half of the movie after Wyatt marries his bride, they return to their new house following the wedding. When the front door is opened, you can clearly see a cold air return vent visible above the door frame inside the house. This goes with a forced air heating system, clearly not available in the 1800s.
Factual errors: In the beginning of the movie, the Earp family is sitting around a table talking about moving to California. Martha Earp is supposedly going to be staying in Iowa instead of moving with the family so she can marry "Jimmy Jorgenson". Martha Earp died at 10 years old in 1856 so would not be alive to even be in the scene.
Factual errors: The time line is completely wrong for the shootings of Virgil and Morgan Earp. Both shootings took place on the same night and it appears they were very shortly after the shootout at the OK Corral. However, Virgil was shot two months after the shootout in December (the shootout happened 26 October 1881). Morgan was shot and killed in March 1882, a full five months after the shootout.
Audio/visual unsynchronized: SPOILER: When Wyatt corners the Injun in the woods, you hear him pulling the hammer back on his hand gun, but he never pulls it back.
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