20th Anniversary Screening introduced by Slate editorial director John Swansburg.
The gunfight at the OK Corral: How do you breathe new cinematic life into the most storied, oft-revisited event in the history of the Western? Cast Val Kilmer as the sweaty consumptive Doc Holliday, that’s how. Tombstone boasts a star-studded cast, with everyone from the heartthrob Jason Priestley to the legend Charlton Heston—Brandon Walsh and Ben-Hur, together at last. Kurt Russell and Sam Elliott have memorable turns as the lawmen Wyatt and Virgil Earp. But Kilmer steals every scene he’s in as the legendary dentist-cum-gunslinger. He has a quick draw and a slow drawl, reveling in each syllable of his catchphrase: I’m your huckleberry. When not cheating the citizens of Tombstone at poker, Doc teams up with the Earp Brothers to bring some much needed law and order to the dusty frontier town, doing battle in its streets, corrals and saloons with a nasty band of outlaws headed up by Curly Bill Brocius (a scary Powers Booth) and Johnny Ringo (a terrifying Michael Biehn). Come see Wyatt Earp and his immortals ride once more on their twentieth anniversary. As Doc would say, you’re a daisy if you don’t.
Director: George P. Cosmatos. 130 min. 1993. 35mm.
Part of the series Basic Cable Classics.
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