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Film Review: Tombstone

Ashley Estabrook

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Tombstone (1993) is a Western that follows former lawman Wyatt Earp, gambler Doc Holliday, and Wyatt’s brothers Virgil and Morgan as they live in Tombstone, Arizona. It tells of their feud with the Cowboys and how they struck it rich.

This movie has an amazing cast and was very well done. It has just the right amount of subplots, amazing character dynamics, and at least a few characters (Doc Holliday) that you just can’t help loving.

Tombstone is packed with very iconic lines like “I’m your huckleberry.” Another thing that makes this movie great is the historical accuracy and authenticity. With a $25,000,000 budget, the directors, crew, and cast were able to get the best picture of the Old West, down to the detail; so much so that all of the extras that they hired were Old West reenactors instead of just regular extras.

Tombstone stars gems like Val Kilmer (Doc Holliday), Kurt Russell (Wyatt Earp), Sam Elliott (Virgil Earp), Powers Boothe (William Brocius), Michael Beihn (Johnny Ringo), and Dana Delany (Josie Marcus).

This movie is one of my all time favorites and I would recommend it for anyone. It is rated R, 2 hours and 14 minutes long, it made 56.51 million dollars USD (box office), and its rating on IMDb is 7.8/10. True West Magazine dubbed Tombstone as “one of the 5 greatest Westerns ever made.” A critic named Ebert says that them movie “got lost in the year-end holiday shuffle and never got the recognition it deserved” when talking about being reminded of Tombstone whenever he sees Russell or Val Kilmer in any other movie.

One downside is that it is not the easiest to find. It is not on Netflix, so your best bets would be either to buy it from iTunes or Google Play, get it on Demand, buy the movie, or wait for it to play on television. But, when you have an opportunity to watch it, my advice would be that you do.

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