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I had not seen this film since its' initial release. I recall not caring to much for it and preferring Tombstone. Watched it recently and have a new appreciation for it. The characters are gritty and more realistically drawn and the the film is more true to life. Tombstone, by comparison, is more pulp or cartoonish. I loved Val Kilmer's performance in Tombstone but Wyatt Earp as much to offer. Either that or I've just changed over the last couple of decades. :-)
"Gunfight at the OK Corrall" 1958, with Kirk Douglas,Burt Lancaster & Rhonda Flemming. I had never thought to compare the 1994 "Wyatt Earp" movie with Costner & Quaid to the 1958 movie. Instead I had compared it to the previously released Tombstone movie with Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer & Sam Elliot.
Which reminds me, the 1958 movie was played on TCM the other night and I recorded it to the DVR while doing other stuff. Maybe I'll put that on. I suspect it will let me down.
Back in '94 I kind of remember thinking that I liked the '93 Tombstone movie a tad bit better than "Wyatt Earp". But that may have been simply because I'd already had enough Wyatt Earp for a while. What was up with the timing on the release of those two movies?
It's the best western ever made and a great American movie.
"To Learn Who Rules Over You, Simply Find Out Who You Are Not Allowed to Criticize."
"It's the best western ever made"
Them's fightin' words!
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