Tombstone is a 1993 American Western film directed by George P. Cosmatos, written by Kevin Jarre, and starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer. The film is based on events in Tombstone, Arizona, including the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the Earp Vendetta Ride, during the 1880s. It depicts a number of Western outlaws and lawmen, such as Wyatt Earp, William "Curly Bill" Brocius, Johnny Ringo and Doc Holliday.
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Why It Rocks
- An amazing representation of what life was like living in the American Frontier (AKA the "Wild West") and the incidents that took place in early 1880s Arizona.
- The acting is amazing, especially from Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and Sam Elliot.
- Amazing cinematography that captures the tone of the movie very well.
- A wonderful and well-portrayed Western-themed plotline.
- Interesting and well-developed characters, such as Wyatt Earp, his brother Virgil, and his love interest Josephine.
- The setting is great and accurately depicts how the Wild West was.
- Many well-executed scenes, especially the gunfights and the horseback riding moments.
- Much like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, it has become a very popular and iconic Western film.
- Wyatt and Josephine share some decent romantic chemistry on-screen.
Tombstone premiered in movie theaters six months before Costner and Kasdan's version, Wyatt Earp, on December 24, 1993, in wide release throughout the United States. During its opening weekend, the film opened in third place, grossing $6,454,752 in business showing at 1,504 locations. The film's revenue increased by 35% in its second week of release, earning $8,720,255. For that particular weekend, the film stayed in third place, screening in 1,955 theaters. The film went on to earn $56,505,065 in total ticket sales in the North American market. It ranks 20th out of all films released in 1993.