• Publication date: July 22, 2009

Every town has a story Tombstone has a legend

The story is about Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his two brothers: Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) and their wives, who arrive in Tombstone, Arizona in an attempt to resettle and change their careers, after Wyatt has retired from being a Lawman.

The story is about Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his two brothers: Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton) and their wives, who arrive in Tombstone, Arizona in an attempt to resettle and change their careers, after Wyatt has retired from being a Lawman.

Not long after arriving, things appear to be going well for the Earp Family. The sheriff provides them with housing inside the city limits and welcomes them with open arms.

But then, Wyatt becomes reunited with Doc Holiday, a rogue, gambler, and violent pistolero. His brother, Virgil, becomes incensed at the way he sees the local Cowboys, who run roughshod over the towns folk of Tombstone.

And, unbeknownst to Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan become Tombstone policemen out of guilt for having done so well financially but not contributing to the welfare of the citizens.

Wyatt is outraged at their stupidity and tries to talk them out of it, to no avail. The centerpiece of the entire film plot occurs when the Cowboy-Outlaws, led by Curly Bill Brocius (Powers Booth), Wyatt's main adversary, and his second in command, Johnny Ringo (Michael Beihn), ride into town armed, in violation of the new laws set down by Virgil and Morgan Earp that all visitors to town must check in their guns with the Law.

Virgil wants to go down and disarm them. Wyatt tries to talk him out of a confrontation. But Virgil is insistent. Morgan wants to always back his brother's play. Wyatt finally concedes to the confrontation about the time Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) arrives fresh from his sickbed. Holiday, an alleged dentist, but confirmed gunman, is always ready for a fight, and in spite of his tuberculosis, shows up to support his only friend, Wyatt Earp.

Josephine (Dana Delaney), Wyatt's love interest in the film, is an actress who has come to Tombstone to put on a show and is nearby being photographed in scanty nightwear when the Famous Gun Battle of the Ok Corral begins. Sheriff Behan has feelings for her, as does Wyatt, but the violence that ensues erases all chances for her and Behan to become an item.

Premiered in US theatres in 1993, "Tombstone" is a film that combines the elements of action, drama, romance and western. The movie is written by Kevin Jarre and directed by its star Kurt Russell and George P. Cosmatos.

The movie, the runtime of which is 130 minutes, stars Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, Sam Elliott as Virgil Earp, Bill Paxton as Morgan Earp, Powers Boothe as Curly Bill Brocius, Michael Biehn as Johnny Ringo, Charlton Heston as Henry Hooker, and Thomas Haden Church as Billy Clanton.

"Tombstone" was nominated for MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance (Val Kilmer) in 1994.

The film is rated R for violence.

With a production budget of US$ 25 millions, the movie's gross worldwide box office revenues amounted to US$ 56 millions.