25 Years Ago Today: "Tombstone" was Released

Possibly the best western ever..in my opinion..I could almost do all the dialogue of this movie with the sound turned down...but wouldn't want to interrupt all those great performances...

The film Starred Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, with Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe, Michael Biehn, and Dana Delany in supporting roles, as well as narration by Robert Mitchum and a surprise cameo (at the time) by Charlten Heston.

Here a few facts you may not know about the movie:

The line quotes by Doc at the end of the fight at the O.K. Corral is historically true, and was reported in the Tombstone papers reporting the fight. When confronted by one of the cowboys at point blank range, the cowboy reportedly said, “I got you now Doc, you son of a bitch!”, to which Doc gleefully retorted, “You’re a daisy if you do!”

“I’ll be damned,” really were the final words of John Henry “Doc” Holliday. To this day, historians have debated on why Doc said that. The main theory is that Doc had become a gunfighter hoping that someone would kill him and space him the effects of tuberculosis, and that he was amazed that the disease is what killed him: not the drinking, chain smoking, gambling or gun fighting.

In the movie When the Earps first enter Tombstone, a grave marker can be seen in the cemetery that reads, “Here lies Lester Moore, Four slugs from a .44, No Les No More.” There is an actual tombstone in Tombstone, Arizona that has that epitaph.

Mickey Rourke was original cast but turned down the role of Johnny Ringo and Willem Dafoe was first considered to play Doc Holiday

Wyatt Earp really waded into a creek to shoot Curly Bill....we don't no for sure whether he said the word "Nooooooooo" in slow motion...

 
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