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Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.
"You gonna do somethin'? Or are you just gonna stand there and bleed?"
This film could be it's own genre..... Mustacheploitation.
Imagine if Jack Sparrow was in a western.
That's Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone.
It's even more awesome than how it sounds.
It would be dishonest to claim this film as a radical text; almost certainly no one involved is an anti-cop socialist, certainly not the main players. Still, the depiction of law and order against organized crime blurs the line between the two to the point that the badge is no better than the red sash, to the point that every act of violence is a murder, even if it has the law behind it.
We see the Earps fighting for family and friends, but the Cowboys do the same. We see the Earps resorting to trickery (the gun in the opium den is such a nasty little moment) and celebrating vicious brutality. Yes, the Cowboys are shown to commit sins…
This is the most fun I've had watching a Western since...Ever?
This movie is built upon it's characters. That's nothing unusual for a Western film. They almost always try to forge out some God-like hero figure and a nastier than Satan villain. And some of my favorite films in the genre do a good job of putting some memorable characters on screen. But the characters are here aren't just memorable, they are having a blast.
Kurt Russel plays Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer plays Doc Holliday. It's basically a buddy comedy. Wyatt is an old man wanting to retire and find some peace from all these hooligans he's been putting away for so long. He rides to the next town…
George P. Cosmatos's "Tombstone" is a well-rendered, completely entertaining Western. Concerned with themes of honor and duty, the film tells a historical and oft-told tale of lawlessness and those who repelled it in the dusty American southwest. Though never thoughtful or subdued, the film is an outstanding and robust genre outing.
Kurt Russell stats as Wyatt Earp in this 1993 adaptation of the US Marshall's based-in-fact legend. Following the period in which the retired lawman moves to Tombstone, Arizona to settle into a quiet life with his brothers, "Tombstone" offers no new angles on Earp or his family; but the story is compelling, nonetheless.
Cosmatos fills his film with an ill-tamed mix of shots and styles. Low angles, high angles,…
I love this film dearly. It's big, brash, chock full of cliché and quotable dialogue, and has some terrific set-pieces. Considering that he's along side a bewhiskered Kurt Russell and Sam Elliott, Val Kilmer, for once, completely owns a film - he is Doc Holliday.
I'm Your Huckleberry.
One of the finest westerns of the modern cinema. A more accurate version of the Wyatt Earp/Doc Holliday?OK Corral story than other movies have shown. Tons of thrills...a MUST see!!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have a job interview later today being as this is the early hours of the morning. To help me calm my spirit, I wanted to watch one of my "comfort" films. I was going to watch Heat, starring among others, Val Kilmer. When my roommate, after walking in on me starting the movie, told me he loved Val Kilmer, I quickly changed my film choice to Tombstone, as said roommate had never heard of the film. He and I were not disappointed by the change.
Tombstone stars Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, two unlikely friends caught up in a war against a gang of outlaws-The Cowboys-led by the vicious Curly Bill and Johnny…
”Why, Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave.”
1. Let me get this out of the way so I can appropriately hide my boner: Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday is one of my favorite characters ever portrayed by any actor in any movie of all-time. He was born for that role. I can’t think of anybody who could play it better.
2. Though not quite as powerful, Kurt Russell’s performance as Wyatt Earp is also a good one. Plus. Kurt already looks like he came straight out of the old west.
3. I love seeing Billy Bob Thornton getting his ass kicked, regardless of the time period.
4. Let’s not forget about Stephen Lang and…
"Tombstone" is a love letter to the Western film genre.
There is, however, an artificiality in its "homage". It doesn't live and breathe the genre, it imitates examples of it. A practice that ranges from directly lifting its opening sequence from another film, to mimicking genre-associated framing. The latter is what betrays the lack of base directorial knowledge in Cosmatos, he takes the potent framing of John Ford and uses it with no narrative motivation, he just shoves it in a random shot. The film's only strength of its own lies in its fleshed-out characters.
If you plan on seeing only one Western in your life, this certainly isn't the best choice in terms of quality or originality, but in terms of intake, its certainly the most efficient. It has little merit of its own.
Plenty of dust, awesome action, magnificent moustaches and golden gems by Val Kilmer's 'Doc Holliday'...
“It’s true. You are a good woman. Then again, you may be the antichrist.”
"I have two guns, one for each of ya"
I'm reviewing this movie for two reasons. One of them is simply because I alluded to it in my editorial for The Magnificent Seven. The other reason is because I love westerns. Next to crime dramas and superhero movies, the western is my favorite genre in film, and it all began for me with a little gem from 1993 called Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer.
Here's the story. Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands…
I was shocked how much I didn't like this movie.
I really like westerns. I like all the actors that were in this movie So this should have been a match made in heaven for me.
But the story has really bad pacing, characters turn up and leave and I totally forget that they are even in the movie until they appear again. Even the acting isn't that good. The romance in this movie is absolutely terrible. And the only one who was great and I do mean absolutely great was Val kilmer and Powers Boothe is trying his best but I kept seeing Cy Tolliver from Deadwood (even though this came first, I know). And Billy Zane's performance was actually a little fun. But all the others are just sooooo bland and forgettable and are really phoning it in.
5 out of 10
Verrassend goed. Een aantal sterke personages en acteer prestaties. Vooral Val Kilmer als Doc Holliday. 👌
I've already watched Wyatt Earp, so this one seemed like a rushed and clipped version but I gotta accept this one had a better flow of story and screenplay... Maybe due to the then tech advancement compared to the older version
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
I'd like to think I know a thing or two about westerns. I grew up with them and have loved…