Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)




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Of the many filmed versions of the October 26, 1881, O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone, Arizona, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was one of the most elaborate and star-studded. Burt Lancaster plays Wyatt Earp, the renowned lawman, while Kirk Douglas is consumptive gambler (and gunfighter) Doc Holliday -- the two meet in difficult circumstances, as Earp discovers that Holiday, for whom he initially feels little but loathing, is being held on a trumped up murder charge and being set up for a lynching, … More

Rating: G
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Uris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 21, 2003
Paramount Pictures


as Wyatt Earp

as Doc Holliday

as Laura Denbow

as Kate Fisher

as Johnny Ringo

as Ike Clanton

as Cotton Wilson

as Charles Bassett

as Shanghai Pierce

as Billy Clanton

as John P. Clum

as John Shanssey

as Virgil Earp

as Morgan Earp

as James Earp

as Bat Masterson

as Ed Bailey

as Betty Earp

as Mrs. Clanton

as Mayor Kelley

as Tom McLowery

as Drunken Cowboy

as Frank McLowery

as Tommy Earp

as Finn Clanton

as Card Player

as Hotel Clerk

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Rig Driver

as Merchant

as Bartender

as Cockeyed Frank Lovin...

as Deputy/Killer/Townsm...

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Card Player

as Cowboy

as Social Hall Guest

as Killer

as Stuntman

as Shaugnessy Man

as Frank Loving
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Critic Reviews for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 20, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Handsome production based on oft-told Wyatt Earp confrontation...Lancaster and Douglas are outstanding.

February 22, 2008

At best an effective Western.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Gunfight at the O.K. Corral


The Wyatt Earp-Doc Holliday legend got another going-over in this rather good Western. Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas portray these larger-than-life gunfighters, who shoot it out with the nefarious Clanton family in 1881 Tombstone. The movie effectively builds up its tension until the climactic gunfight.
Believe me in this story is half fictional because of the wife of Wyatt Earp and the battle of O.K. Corral.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas make an okay movie great. Burt Lancaster is the agressively moral lawman, Wyatt Earp. Kirk Douglas is Doc Holliday, a man whom trouble "just seems to follow" as he goes about from town to town and saloon to saloon, gambling and drinking himself to an early grave (he was in fact dying of Tuberculosis). His woman Kate (Jo Van Fleet) has a vicious love/hate affair with him (she loves him, he hates her), that will eventually lead him to the famous gun battle at the O.K. Corral. Historically accurate or not, the film packs quite an entertaining wallup, with even the ensemble cast (a young Dennis Hopper and a young DeForest "Dr. Bones McCoy" Kelley) giving excellent performances. There's the grandeur of an epic here, even if the film itself doesn't live up to it. And as the famous gun battle draws closer, the film stumbles over itself trying to justify the battle taking place at all, falling down to a basic revenge scenario. It's a great battle none-the-less. The most odd thing about the film is the Frankie Laine title ballad, which is so incongruous to the atmosphere of the film it's almost laughable. And yet, I can't get the damn song out of my head. "Ok... Corral..."

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


Entertaining enough western shot in beautiful Vista vision. It's no My Darling Clementine...but it will do in a pinch

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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