Tombstone

1993, Action/Western, 2h 7m

46 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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If you're seeking a stylish modern western with a solid story and a well-chosen ensemble cast, Tombstone is your huckleberry. Read critic reviews

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Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers, Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott), have left their gunslinger ways behind them to settle down and start a business in the town of Tombstone, Ariz. While they aren't looking to find trouble, trouble soon finds them when they become targets of the ruthless Cowboy gang. Now, together with Wyatt's best friend, Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), the brothers pick up their guns once more to restore order to a lawless land.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell
Wyatt Earp
Val Kilmer
Doc Holliday
Michael Biehn
Johnny Ringo
Powers Boothe
Curly Bill Brocious
Dana Delany
Josephine Marcus
Sam Elliott
Virgil Earp
Stephen Lang
Ike Clanton
Terry O'Quinn
Mayor John Clum
Bill Paxton
Morgan Earp
Jason Priestley
Deputy Billy Breckinridge
Michael Rooker
Sherman McMasters
Jon Tenney
John Behan, Cochise County Sheriff
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
Mattie Blaylock Earp, aka Celia Maddon
Billy Zane
Mr. Fabian
Buck Taylor
Turkey Creek Jack Johnson
Harry Carey Jr.
Tombstone Marshal Fred White
Charlton Heston
Henry Hooker
Kevin Jarre
Screenwriter
Buzz Feitshans
Executive Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Bruce Broughton
Original Music
William A. Fraker
Cinematography
Roberto Silvi
Film Editing
Catherine Hardwicke
Production Design
Chris Goran
Art Director
Kim Hix
Art Director
Gene Serdena
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  • Feb 27, 2016
    Tombstone is a very well made western featuring great performances and story. Check it out if you haven't!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2014
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  • Jul 01, 2013
    I was very much looking forward in seeing Tombstone as I had heard plenty of good things about it, I eventually was able to see this one, and although it is not the best Western as what everyone has claimed, this is still an entertaining action film with some good performances. Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer deliver the best performances here along with Powers Booth and they all bring something worthwhile to the screen. Tombstone is far from the old Sergio Leone Westerns, which were epic in scope and storytelling. This is a movie that tends to be more action oriented than give the viewer a straight forward well layered plot that you can really get into. It's not a bad thing, but it does make you want more out of this movie. Overall this is a good movie, but one that does fall short of many other Westerns that we've seen before. Luckily Director George P. Cosmatos keeps the action thrilling and interesting and you are well entertained for its two hour run time. If you love the genre, Tombstone is worth checking out, but be warned, it is far from the classic Westerns, and it does lack the effective storytelling and immaculate performances that have made the old school Westerns such a treat to watch. However for a straight forward Western action film, Tombstone delivers good action and is a fun movie, but it does leave a lot to be desired. It is not the movie that could have been, and it could have been improved upon. With a good cast of talented actors, Tombstone is a fun popcorn film, but it doesn't rank up there with the best Westerns movies either. There are still enough gun fights in the film to entertain the most devoted fan of the genre. Tombstone for all its faults is a fun ride.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2012
    I'm a big fan of the Western genre since they always seem to have some of the most interesting characters and stories out of any genre. Tombstone is good Western, while it does suffer from having too many characters, it's nonetheless well worth a watch. Tombstone follows successful lawman's Wyatt Earp who plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, where he's disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. At about it two hours and fifteen minutes length there a couple of notable flaws with this western. One mainly being it suffers from having too many characters which means you'll get some characters that don't get enough screen time, development, and death scenes that will little impact due to the lack of screen time some receive. Another issue is the romance is a bit under developed, there was never a solid enough for Wyatt Earp to fall in love with another character and was surprised to see them together by the end of movie. What it does get right pacing, while a little slow in the beginning, but when everything shifts into full motion it get started and the plot will hold attention till the end. The cast here is one of best I've seen in a Western with all the actors giving some of their best performances. Kurt Russell mainly steals the show here, he makes an excellent Wyatt Earp nearly carrying the entire film on his shoulder to good results. Though there is a scene where Kurt Russell shouts "no" for some reason and delivers the movie most over the top moment which will probably make the viewer laugh unintentionally. The cinematography is great in creating atmosphere and the terrific score is well worth mentioning as well. Tombstone is also one the most violent Western I've seen since The Wild Bunch, though it never comes close to reaching the triple digit body count as the The Wild Bunch. Tombstone suffers from having too much characters, but the cast more than makes for it with their memorable performances. Tombstone is might not be as good as some of the other Westerns I've seen, but it's well worth your time to go check it out.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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