Tombstone is one of my favorite movies. I can watch it over and over again! The film gives a fascinating view of the old Wild, Wild West, but this story also embodies character attributes that I highly value. Tombstone is about integrity, loyalty, family, friendship, and brotherhood.
The western film is based on real characters and events. Tombstone tells the story of the friendship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, Wyatt’s love affair with Josephine Marcus and Tombstone Arizona’s legendary gun battle at the OK Corral.
Retired Dodge City lawman Wyatt Earp, friend Doc Holliday, Wyatt’s three brothers and their wives settle in Tombstone Arizona. The Wyatt’s intention is to start a new life; however, are soon embroiled in conflict with a band of outlaws the ‘Cowboys’.
Led by the Clanton brothers, the lawless Cowboys terrorize the citizens of Tombstone. As the feud between the Wyatts and the Clantons escalates; Wyatt turns down the town’s offer to be Tombstone’s Marshall. His brother Virgil; however, cannot abide the lawless killing and accepts the badge, setting the stage for violent confrontation.
Meanwhile, Wyatt becomes increasingly concerned about his family’s safety, his wife’s addiction to laudanum and the Cowboys escalating violence. Doc Holliday; although weaker and sicker with Tuberculosis, continues to stand by his friend. Wyatt foreboding mood brightens when the traveling actress Josephine Marcos arrives in Tombstone.
The inevitable gun battle confrontation leaves one brother dead and Virgil Earp wounded after a being ambushed by the Cowboys. Devastated by the loss of his brother, Wyatt and his family decide to leave Tombstone but are once again attacked by the outlaw gang. Wyatt vows revenge to kill every Cowboy. He and his friend Doc return to Tombstone guns blazing.
Wyatt is challenged to a duel by Johnny Ringo, the infamous gunslinger and member of the Cowboys. Wyatt accepts even though both he and Doc know he’s outmatched as Ringo is a faster gun draw. Surprising Wyatt and Ringo, Doc Holliday, one of the fastest guns in the West; discreetly shows up for the duel. “I’ll be your huckleberry.” The gun duel scene between Doc and Ringo is one of the best of the film. Doc wins. Wyatt arrives after Ringo is killed.
Wyatt and Doc jump on their horses, galloping into Tombstone and down Main Street for the final showdown with the Cowboys, the famous shootout at the OK Corral.
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