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The best thrilling movie ever made!
A return to traditional Hollywood Western fair here with a star studded cast that adds some class to the film.
Burt Lancaster plays traditional lawman Wyatt Earp with Kirk Douglas as gambler/unpopular gunman/dentist Doc Holliday.
Directed by John Sturges (The Great Escape) the film is quite lavish and adds glamour to the crescendo a plain old 4 minute or so gunfight between Earp, his brothers and Holliday and the Clanton gang in Tombstone, Arizona.
The film looks high budget. It has that polished production feel. Perhaps Sturges brings that to films.
Look out for Dennis Hopper, DeForest Kelley and Lee Van Cleef in supporting roles.
The music score is quite interesting. Composed by Dimitri Tiomkin and featuring a repetitive title song from Frankie Laine.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is overly extended and rarely truly great with too many details and a weaker first act, but it is still a pretty solid, competently made western flick featuring very good performances from both Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, a memorable final scene, good visuals and truly excellent score.
Tombstone is better.
I had wanted to see this film for longer than I can remember, and glad I got around to it as I really enjoyed it. Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster are 2 all-time great movies stars and this film really shows why. They're both charismatic and great in their roles as Earp and Doc Holliday. This was the 2nd of 7 films they did together, and their chemistry is clear from the outset. I didn't know a young Dennis Hopper was in this so that was a nice surprise as was a small early role for Lee Van Cleef. Recommended for fans of Westerns and classics.
A classic western with an outstanding cast. Not the best version of the OK Corral but certainly worth a watch.
a classic western in my top 10 western list i have not seen this movie in over 20 years
A glossy western with little substance, the most redeeming part is Kirk Douglas's loveable scoundrel Doc Holliday
Solid production with two great action-drama stars in the lead roles yet this movie just doesn't feel at all special.
Maybe it is the fact that since this movie several other movies have been made about the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, and they were more accurate and more engaging. Tombstone (1993) covered not just the gunfight but the aftermath, which stretched for years. Wyatt Earp (1994) was an extensive study on Wyatt Earp, including the gunfight, though was overly long and a bit laboured.
So, now, it feels dated and surpassed. However, for its time this movie is okay. Good performances by Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in the lead roles, plus the cinematography and action scenes are good. Plot is a touch dull, as the gunfight is really the only exciting part. While the backstory is very important, it feels overdone and padded.
Ultimately, a so-so movie. Rather watch Tombstone for the full, accurate story.
Fun to watch! Lancaster and Douglas are great... first time watching this basically true story...