Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone (1993)

Retired lawman Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) has come to the town of Tombstone, AZ to settle down...but he finds little peace.

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Prior to seeing this film I hated westerns. They were all so morally black and white. There were the good guys and there were the bad guys and never the twain shall meet. Seeing this film at the impressionable age of eleven was a revelation. I became OBSESSED with Doc Holiday and even did a report on him. It is absolutely criminal that Val Kilmer didn't receive some sort of award for this performance. And the other actors ain't no slouches either...

Countless films before and since have addressed the west in this same unvarnished manner. And several of them have even done a better job of it. But your first trip to the rodeo will always stick with you. Yee-haw mother fuckers! It's time to saddle up!

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