|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Step, Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Joanna Pacula, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott, Robert Burke, Dana Delany, Michael Biehn, Stephen Lang, Powers Boothe|
|Director:||George Pan Cosmatos|
|Studio:||WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Wild Westerns, Back to the 90s|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||13 Apr 2009|
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Russell, Paxton and Kilmer raise some hell in a small townBy Nick from England , 05 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Legendary lawman Wyatt Earp is now a retired man, and has decided to travel to the town of 'Tombstone' to find his fortune. While there, he meets his two brothers, Virgil and Morgan along with his good friend Doc Holliday; and all is fine and dandy. That is, until an infamous band of outlaws calling themselves 'The Cowboys' turns up to spoil Wyatt's party. These are the outlaws that Wyatt loved to dispatch in his prime, but now all he wants is to retire and have done with it...will he be able to do that, or is it time for him to re-enter the frey?
Kurt Russell takes the lead role of Wyatt Earp for this movie, and does a good job with it (despite a very silly mustache). When justifying his reasons for casting Russell in Escape From New York, John Carpenter said that he could play anybody; and I think he can...but he's a lot better at roles that require him to show off, and he doesn't really get that chance here. Still, it's different and refreshing to see him in a more serious role. Russell gets support from a number of good actors, one of which being one of my personal favourites, Bill Paxton. Like Kurt, Paxton isn't given reign to play to his strengths here either. Paxton is at his best when he's running the show like he was in Aliens and Near Dark (despite them also being supporting roles), but his character here is a more subdued one, so he doesn't shine as much as he had previously. Val Kilmer is the only cast member that is allowed to go over the top in his role. He plays Doc Holliday; the drunken, loud mouthed braggart of the film and spends most it making quips and generally showing off. Although this does the film credit as it makes it more exciting, it does become annoying after a while. These are the stars that stick out the most, but also getting in on the fun to complete an excellent cast are Sam Elliot, Paxton's Aliens co-star; Michael Beihn, and Powers Boothe, the man he would later cast in the excellent 'Frailty'. Then there's Billy Bob Thornton, Charlton Heston, Michael Rooker and we've even got Robert Mitchum doing the narrating!
The film is very dramatic; a lot of the cast look like they could auditioning for the next Oscar ceremony, and the music adds to the theatrics, coming in whenever there's a whisper of a heartbreaking or exciting moment (the latter of which the film has plenty). However, this over-dramatization adds to the campy feel of the film and it makes it quite fun to watch. Tombstone is a very good movie; it's well shot, the acting is good enough and it remains entertaining for it's duration, and it's certainly one of the better westerns that have been released since 'Unforgiven' was met with critical acclaim in 1992. However, it's no classic
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OK Corral and an 'OK' filmBy Tom from Liverpool , 22 Sep 2005Tombstone is a decent modern Western, retelling a classic Western tale of how famous lawman Wyatt Earp is drawn reluctantly out of retirement to defend the occupants of Tombstone and uphold the law against a mob of unruly villains calling themselves 'the cowboys'
Director Cosmatos doesn't do much wrong here, there's good action scenes, decent acting and some classic one-liners and the whole thing ambles along at a reasonable pace, and although I was far from gripped by the end of the film I certainly wasn't bored either.
But there's something formulaic and 'safe' about the film which stops it from becoming a classic. Kurt Russell doesn't do badly with the mysterious yet charismatic character of Wyatt Earp, and yet he doesn't excel in the role either. In fact there's a faintly discernable blandness to the whole affair, and many of the character interactions are notably hollow, especially the lead romance between Russell and Delany - and this could have threatened to sink the whole film, if it weren't for one man, Val Kilmer.
His role as the wheezing, boozing, gambling consumptive Doc Holiday single handily rescues the film. Without him this film would have struggled to be anything more than mediocre, but he lifts it to new heights with his brilliantly acted portrayal of a man teetering between life and death but has the power to effect the entire outcome of the last epic battle.
If nothing else, watch this film for Kilmer's performance.
High class westernBy The One from UK , 06 Sep 2005As other reviewers have already noted, Kilmer produces an outstanding performance, in my view his best
But let's not take anything away from Kurt Russell's moustache - it dominated the movie and I am sure that it is the real reason why the Clanton boys lost the gunfight at the OK corral.
Great WesternBy Duchess007 from Cornwall , 13 Aug 2005Thought the film was one of the better Westerns I have seen recently the characters where well defined and Doc Holiday was played especially well.
THE GREATEST WESTERN EVER MADE!!By a customer from Newcastle , 12 Jun 2005'Wyatt Earp' may be a better more historically accurate film, but this had some great lines!! Val Kilmer should have won an Oscar for his Doc Holliday and Kurt Russell's Wyatt Earp is impressive, if not a little more sympathetic than Costner's! Fairly inaccurate, but the basics remain the same. GREATEST WESTERN EVER MADE!!!
Tombstone reviewBy a customer from Cheshire, England , 10 May 2005Very good film, excellent acting by Val Kilmer as Dr. Holiday.