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This Western has become a modest cult favorite since its release in 1993, when the film was met with mixed reviews but the performances of Kurt Russell (as Wyatt Earp) and especially Val Kilmer, for his memorably eccentric performance as the dying gunslinger Doc Holliday, garnered high praise. The movie opens with Wyatt Earp trying to put his violent past behind him, living happily in Tombstone with his brothers and the woman (Dana Delany) who puts his soul at ease. But a murderous gang called the Cowboys has burst on the scene, and Earp can't keep his gun belt off any longer. The plot sounds routine, and in many ways it is, but Western buffs won't mind a bit thanks to a fine cast and some well-handled action on the part ofRambodirector George P. Cosmatos, who has yet to make a better film than this.--Jeff Shannon
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review by . February 12, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
"Tombstone" is a strange creature. It's loaded with more action than you can shake a stick at coupled with some rather long moments. It has some great actors in it coupled with some not-so-hot ones. It has one-liners that make "I'll be back" seem forgettable coupled with some hokey proclamations that come across as just silly. In all, it's the perfect stew of good, bad, and ugly(pun intended).    But that is what makes this film so great and deserving of "classic" status. Painstaking …
review by . September 26, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
Having already seen My Darling Clementine (1946) and The Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) several times, I was curious to observe what director George Pan Cosmatos and his screenwriters would do with essentially the same material in this film. There are significant differences between and among them but suggesting comparisons and contrasts would be unfair to three different films which appeared over a 57-year period.     Now on to Tombstone. Director George Cosmatos worked with …
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