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Tombstone (1993)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Tombstone (1993)

In director George P. Cosmatos' western:

  • the scene of consumptive gunfighter Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) playing Chopin's Noctune #19 in E Minor on an old saloon piano
  • the competitive and acrobatic twirling pistol vs. coffee-cup scene between Johnny Ringo (Michael Biehn) and Doc Holliday
  • the deadly showdown under an oak tree between Ringo and Doc Holliday - when Ringo was surprised to be facing Holliday instead of Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell): (Ringo: "I didn't think you had it in you" Doc: "I'm your huckleberry..."); Holliday asserted: "Why Johnny Ringo. You look like somebody just walked over your grave...We started a game we never got to finish. Play for blood, remember?..And this time, it's legal" - he revealed his US Deputy Marshal's badge; after circling each other, Holliday drew quickly and blew a hole in Ringo's head before he staggered and fell down dead, then Holliday noted: "Poor soul. You were just too high strung" and placed his badge on the corpse's chest: "I'm afraid the strain was more than he could bear. Oh, I wasn't quite as sick as I made out"
  • the final and legendary shootout at the OK Corral in 1881 against the Cowboys, led by Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott)
  • Wyatt's reunion with Josephine (Dana Delany) ("May I have this dance?") to begin a new life with her, and concluding with the Narrator's (Robert Mitchum) off-screen words: "The power of the Cowboy Gang was broken forever. Ike Clanton was shot and killed two years later during an attempted robbery. Mattie died of a drug overdose shortly after she left Tombstone. Virgil and Allie Earp moved to California where Virgil, despite the use of only one arm, became a town sheriff. Wyatt and Josephine embarked on a series of adventures. Up or down, thin or flush, in 47 years, they never left each other's side. Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles in 1929. Among the pallbearers at his funeral...were early western movie stars William S. Hart and Tom Mix. Tom Mix wept"


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