Tombstone (1993)

Tombstone 1993 Movie Poster

Tombstone Quote: “”You skin that smoke wagon and we’ll see what happens! (…) I’m gettin’ tired of all your gas, now jerk that pistol and go to work! (…) I said throw down, boy!”” – Wyatt Earp

“Tombstone” packed in the stars: Kurt Russel, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, Bill Paxton, Dana Delaney, Powers Boothe, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Steven Lang, Billy Bob Thornton and more. And it packed in the action with a relentless shoot-em-up pace. But did it pack as big a punch as we remember?

From historical accuracy to production quality, let’s cock the hammer on this 90’s western and explore some hot topics, including: how many shells and double-barreled shotgun holds, when it’s permissible to seek a new wife, how long after an assassination attempt you must wait to play billiards, and the difference between Doc Holliday and Doc Hollywood.

Plot Summary: “Tombstone 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.

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  1. KSwiss says:

    One of my top 5 favorite movies also and i’m your guys age, but its almost purely because of Vals ‘Doc Holiday’ (admittedly probably the last good role he has played.) But his character has also spurned me to research a great many things I didn’t know about like bustles, Faust, Shakespeare, Bible taunts from Revelations (Pale white horse), latin, seldom used old timey Western slang and I routinely started calling people “fellow sophisticates” derogatorily. The writing for him and his nonchalant delivery was def. my favorite part of this movie. I’ll go back and forth with my buddies quoting his lines to this day and often try and work them in to real life insult situations. Even response lines about seeing double etc…to my own drunken situations i just loved the drunken wit. Just thought you might have touched on some more of them. A couple of Wyatt lines were alright but not like Docs.
    Appreciated all the history and trivia keep it up guys, watched all your movie reviews and got on to you guys with Westworld, looking forward to Taboo.

    among my favorites from Doc.:
    Doc Holliday: Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.
    Doc Holliday: Very cosmopolitan.
    Johnny Ringo: You retired too?
    Doc Holliday: Not me. I’m in my prime.
    -theres a driect and meaning translation of the Latin back and forth as well on imdb, which are all solid lines to know:

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