UltimateMovieRankings’s review published on Letterboxd:
FYI. The more I like a movie...the longer my reviews seem to be.....be prepared as I love this movie.
I finally got my wife to watch one of my favorite movies of all-time .....1993's Tombstone. In Tombstone...Kurt Russell plays Wyatt Earp while Val Kilmer plays Doc Holliday and covers their lives before, during and after the famous "Gunfight at the OK Coral".
Ten Reasons Why I Love This Movie So Much.
1. The cast the cast the cast. Almost every speaking line is done by a known to me actor or actress...how many big cast (I count 25 memorable roles) movies can say that?
2. Movie connects with westerns of the past. Robert Mitchum does the narration....Charlton Heston plays a part that reminds me of his The Big Country part....plus you also get Harry Carey Jr. and Pedro Armendariz Jr. (John Wayne co-stars many times). Finally Russell copies Henry Fonda's famous pose from My Darling Clementine.
3. The bad guys....they say a movie is only as good as the villain. Well this movie is filled with some great bad guys Powers Boothe (Sin City), Thomas Haden Church (Spiderman 3), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) and Michael Biehn (Terminator).
4. The good guys....Russell and Kilmer are joined by Sam Elliott (born to be in a western), Bill Paxton (Titanic), Terry O'Quinn (Lost), and Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy).
5. The many memorable lines in the movie.....just some of my favorites. "You'll be a daisy if you do", "I'll be your huckleberry.", "Are you going to do something or just stand there and bleed". And "You tell 'em I'M coming... and hell's coming with me, you hear?"
6. The love interests....Joanna Pacula (Gorky Park) as Doc's woman gives a performance that has many layers and one that gets better with each new viewing. Dana Delaney (China Beach), Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games) and Dana Wheeler-Nicholson(Fletch) all shine as women in love with an Earp brother.
7. Even more supporting roles from Jason Priestley(Beverly Hills 90210), Tomas Arana (Gladiator), Billy Zane (Titanic), John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Frank Stallone (Sly's brother), and Jon Tenny (The Green Lantern).
8. The many great scenes.....here are just a few of my favorites. The Biehn/Kilmer scene when they first meet, Russell taking on Billy Bob, the famous gunfight scene, Bill Paxson's final scene and Kilmer's final scene in the movie.
9. This movie opened the same year as Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp. There are many stories out there that tell how the producers of Wyatt Earp did things to try and make it almost impossible for Tombstone to be made. If there were 100 horses for rent and they needed 50 horses...they would rent ALL the horses...just so the Tombstone people could not use those horses. Wyatt Earp won the budget battle.....but Tombstone won the war...as it ended up making more money than Wyatt Earp and it is a much more fun entertaining movie to watch.
10. In a movie filled with many memorable roles...three stand out to me. Michael Biehn was one of my favorite actors back then....he makes a great hero...but in Tombstone he makes a great villain. Kurt Russell makes a great Wyatt Earp. I have seen every Russell movie ever made....this is his greatest performance. Saving the best for last. Val Kilmer's performance as Doc Holliday is awesome. How his performance did not get any Oscar love is beyond me. I think it was one of the biggest Oscar mistakes ever!
Final thought: This is a movie that needs to be watched. It is fun...it is entertaining and for a movie based on a true event....seems to be a pretty accurate retelling of one of the most famous events in the Old West.
This is ranked 5th of 35 Russell movies on my Kurt Russell Cogerson Movie Score table. www.ultimatemovierankings.com/kurt-russell-movies/