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Listed are the best current movies available on Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, etc.

    Tombstone                                                                                               Wyatt Earp

1). Tombstone-1993

Kurt Russell
Val Kilmer
Sam Elliot
Bill Paxton

A high-energy action adventure based on legend rather than historical fact finds Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) desiring to retire from law enforcement. With brothers Virgil (Sam Elliot) and Morgan (Bill Paxton), he arrives in Tombstone, Arizona intending to build his fortune. He discovers that long-time friend Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) is there and that the town is run by a group of brutal outlaws called the Cowboys. Earp, frustrated with his laudanum-addicted wife, begins a romance with traveling stage actress Josephine Marcus (Dana Delany). Meanwhile, the Cowboys terrorize the citizens of Tombstone unchecked.

When the town marshal is killed by a Cowboy, Earp steps in to prevent a lynching by an angry mob. He also refuses to hand the killer over to his fellows, beginning the enmity between the Cowboys and the Earp brothers. Virgil, overcome with guilt at doing nothing to help the Tombstone citizens, accepts the position of town marshal. With Wyatt and Morgan as his deputies, and the help of Doc, Virgil attempts to arrest several Cowboys, resulting in the famous OK Corral shoot-out. The Cowboys take revenge by ambushing two of the brothers and injuring Virgil and killing Morgan. The Earps leave town, apparently cowed. Wyatt returns, wearing the badge of a U.S. marshal, vowing to destroy every last Cowboy. He hunts them mercilessly, until the leader, Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) challenges Wyatt to a duel. While not regarded as an artistic masterpiece, "Tombstone" is considered the best of director George P. Cosmatos' prolific films. The all-star cast delivers solid performances. Both William A Fraker's cinematography and Bruce Broughton's stirring musical score are expertly designed for dramatic effect. Blood is shown liberally in several key scenes, but seems intended to show that there is nothing glorious in Wyatt Earp's actions, only necessity. He and his deputies take on the symbolism of the horsemen of the apocalypse -- dispensing judgement, and the Biblical references form a symmetry at the beginning and end of the film. ~ Lucinda Ramsey, All Movie Guide

2).  Wyatt Earp-1994

Kevin Costner
Dennis Quaid
Gene Hackman

This massive, in-depth study of the dark Western icon comes off with mixed results. Trying to capture the whole life, (warts and all) of the lawman-criminal-brother-fortune hunter, director Lawrence Kasdan gains points for sheer scale, giving us a rich epic painted in dark colors with gritty settings. But the visual poetry and extensive foreshadowing ruin the dramatic drive. Some scenes have as much impact as stalker movies; you're just waiting for someone to get knocked off. As Earp, Kevin Costner is not afraid to look rumpled and play colorlessly (as in The Bodyguard ), but it saps the energy of this 3-hour-plus film. The only relief is Dennis Quaid as a droll Doc Holiday, a much more engaging character. New faces Linden Ashby and Joanna Going (as an Earp brother and a lover, respectively) are solid finds, though the remainder of the female cast is barely given anything to do. Best is the first half, with Costner, as hip as he was in his Silverado days, going through a series of ups and downs until he accidentally finds his profession. Great set design (Ida Random) utilizes dozens of similar settings that always look distinctive. Recommended to fans of the star and the genre, but the story never justifies its length. --Doug Thomas- Amazon.Com

Other Westerns unrelated to Earp and Tombstone:

Texas Rangers  (2001)

After his family is murdered, a faithless preacher (Dylan McDermott) becomes the head of a team of Texas Rangers to deal out some shoot-first-ask-questions-later justice. His tactics don't sit well, however, with a by-the-book ranger (James Van Der Beek) out to avenge his own parents' deaths. Can the two men put their differences aside long enough to get the job done? Rip-roaring western co-stars Ashton Kutcher, Rachael Leigh Cook, Usher Raymond, Alfred Molina and Tom Skerritt. 92 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; storyboard comparisons; theatrical trailer; photo gallery.

The Virginian

The classic Western novel is given a stirring and exciting treatment with Bill Pullman directing and starring as the title character, a man from Virginia trying to make a new life for himself in Wyoming. After marrying a school teacher and taking a job as a foreman on a ranch, the Virginian faces danger when he's betrayed by his best friend. With Diane Lane, John Savage, Dennis Weaver and James Drury ('60s TV's Virginian). 95 min.

Conagher  (1991)

Louis L'Amour's classic sagebrush tale has been turned into a superior Western in the classic tradition. Sam Elliott plays a sharp-shooting cowboy, hired to guard cattle on a sprawling ranch, who discovers that some of the other hands are confederates of a gang of rustlers. While on their trail, he's shot from behind, sending him on a mission of vengeance. Katharine Ross, Barry Corbin also star. 94 min.

Unforgiven (Special Edition) (1992)

Four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actor, went to director/star Clint Eastwood's superb revisionist western about a gunslinger-turned-rancher who joins his old partner and a young sharpshooter to capture a pair of cowhands responsible for mutilating a prostitute. With Gene Hackman as a cruel sheriff, Richard Harris, Morgan Freeman and Frances Fisher. 131 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; production notes; scene access; audio commentary; theatrical trailer; documentaries; "Maverick" episode; more. Two-disc set.

Pale Rider (1985) 

Clint Eastwood returns to the western as a mysterious stranger, disguised as a priest, who helps the settlers of a small mining town overcome the oppression of a ruthless gold baron. Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress. 116 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; filmographies; production notes; theatrical trailers; scene access.

High Plains Drifter  (1973)

A frontier town's residents, fearing the impending return of a trio of escaped convicts, look for help from mysterious new arrival Clint Eastwood. But is he savior or avenging angel? Violent and compelling western, directed by Eastwood, also stars Verna Bloom, Mitchell Ryan, Billy Curtis. 104 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Spanish; biographies; production notes; theatrical trailer.

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