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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1957 Wide



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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,


Western, Action & Adventure, Classics

Leon Uris

Apr 22, 2003

Paramount Pictures

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

February 22, 2008

At best an effective Western.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A little dated maybe but then again at over 50 years old it's actually dated quite well. The ensemble cast is awesome, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas Jo Van Fleet, Lyle Bettger, DeForest Kelley, Lee Van Cleef, Dennis Hopper, the list goes on. Kirk Douglas steals the show as Doc Holliday and really opened up the character for actors like Val Kilmer & Dennis Quaid who both have done a great job in the role although I'd love to see Cesar Romero's version in the 1939 film Frontier Marshal. It's a classic western that lives up to its 'classic' status, the music is annoying but apart from that it's ace.
October 23, 2012

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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.
September 4, 2010
Dean McKenna

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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..."
February 22, 2010
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Devon Bott

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Entertaining enough western shot in beautiful Vista vision. It's no My Darling Clementine...but it will do in a pinch
April 14, 2008

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