May 12, 2008
One of the best versions of the classic Doc Holiday & Wyatt Earp story. Stacy Keach is awesome as always. One of the favorites of the Coen Brothers.
December 31, 2008
Interesting take on the Earp/Holiday legend. A fairly accurate portrayal of Wyatt, but in the process, the most interesting character Doc Holiday, gets too soft.
September 23, 2010
I'm going to grow a pair and give this film a 9/10. It's a small, low-budget take on one of Hollywood's favourite events in history. Only, this ain't your Daddy's version of Wyatt and Doc and, unlike most film adaptations, The Doc is the protagonist. I love the fact that the writers wanted to portray these legends as more human and less as mythological heros. The battle at the OK Corral really boils down to petty egos and greed. Basically, Tombstone is a shithole. In this shithole Wyatt sees dollar signs if he could only clean up (dead or alive) the gunslingers in town who mainly play dice and bang whores. This is Wyatt Earp the entrepreneur (law is secondary). The biggest thing in his way is his feud with the Clantons, so they got to go. Now, as far as The Doc is concerned, Keach delivers one of the deepest portrayals of the character ever and stands proud beside Val Kilmer (Tombstone) and Victor Mature (My Darling Clementine). Kilmer still IS Doc Holliday. Anywho, The Doc knows he's dying and he wants a life before he dies. On the one side he has love, possibly a child, and a future; on the other side he has Wyatt and, basically, murder. Peckinpah said, "when you side with a man, you stick with him." What does The Doc do? Regardless, this is an excellent retelling of Tombstone.