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Gunfight at the OK Corral

Gunfight at the OK Corral

John Sturges (1957)

117min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were never better portrayed on screen than here, played by movie giants Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas respectively. Both actors achieve a dignity that was rather lacking in the two outings with Kevin Costner (Wyatt Earp) and Kurt Russell (Tombstone) and only fitfully touched upon by Henry Fonda and Victor Mature in John Ford's 1946 film My Darling Clementine. The Leon Uris screenplay may veer towards the turgid in setting up the action, but once the gunplay starts the screen positively ignites - director John Sturges's shoot-out finale is a mesmerisingly fine piece of cinema, brilliantly photographed and edited. There's also a soaring, nostalgic title ballad by Frankie Laine, and a marvellously etched supporting performance from Jo Van Fleet as Holliday's woman. For once, the whole cast, notably Rhonda Fleming, John Ireland and Lee Van Cleef, look as though they were born to be in westerns.

Summary

US Marshal Wyatt Earp lays down his badge to live a peaceful life with his brothers in the town of Tombstone. As a feud erupts with the ruthless Clanton gang, he forms an unlikely alliance with hard-drinking gambler Doc Holliday to face them in a historic showdown. Western, starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Lee Van Cleef and DeForest Kelley.

Cast & Crew

Wyatt Earp Burt Lancaster
John H "Doc" Holliday Kirk Douglas
Laura Denbow Rhonda Fleming
Kate Fisher Jo Van Fleet
Johnny Ringo John Ireland
Cotton Wilson Frank Faylen
Charles Bassett Earl Holliman
Ike Clanton Lyle Bettger
Abel Head "Shanghai Pierce" Ted De Corsia
Billy Clanton Dennis Hopper
John P Clum Whit Bissell
Morgan Earp DeForest Kelley
Ed Bailey Lee Van Cleef
John Shanssey George Mathews
Bat Masterson Kenneth Tobey
Virgil Earp John Hudson
James "Jimmy" Earp Martin Milner
Mrs Clanton Olive Carey
Tom McLowery Jack Elam
Director John Sturges
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Available on: Available on video and DVD

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