George Pan Cosmatos (1993)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Right from its dazzling opening - Robert Mitchum narrating over silent western, black-and-white footage, accompanied by Bruce Broughton's expectant score, before the screen explodes into colour - this take on the Wyatt Earp legend never shifts out of top gear. While the darker aspects of Earp's character are fleshed out in the modern manner, and while flesh itself is ripped apart by buzzing bullets at the OK Corral, this is very much a traditional western (well, post-spaghetti and post-Peckinpah) and far preferable to the rather self-important and overlong Kevin Costner version, Wyatt Earp, released later the same year. Kurt Russell makes a satisfyingly equivocal hero and Val Kilmer has a field day in the showier role as the consumptive Doc Holliday. Cameo appearances by Charlton Heston and Harry Carey Jr add to the general feeling of a saddleworn genre being paid the most viscerally thrilling and generous of tributes. The film was sharply scripted by Kevin Jarre, who was abruptly sacked as director and replaced by George Pan Cosmatos, a man of no reputation who suddenly came up smelling of roses.


Renowned marshal Wyatt Earp becomes a professional gambler in the town of Tombstone, but is forced out of his retirement to take on a gang of hellraising villains no one else is prepared to stand up to. Joining forces with his brothers and drunken gunslinger Doc Holliday, he gets ready to face them in a showdown at the OK Corral. Western, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott, Michael Biehn and Charlton Heston.

Cast & Crew

Wyatt Earp Kurt Russell
Doc Holliday Val Kilmer
Virgil Earp Sam Elliott
Morgan Earp Bill Paxton
Johnny Ringo Michael Biehn
Curly Bill Brocious Powers Boothe
Billy Clanton Thomas Haden Church
Deputy Billy Breckinridge Jason Priestley
Josephine Marcus Dana Delany
Henry Hooker Charlton Heston
Director George Pan Cosmatos
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Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray