This is probably the most entertaining western ever made. Truly a classic. Kurt Russell gives his best acting performance as Wyatt Earp. This movie was made in 1993 and will likely never achieve the critical acclaim it deserves. It’s the type of movie that truly separates and divides professional movie critics and the movie-viewing public. In short, this story is about Wyatt coming to Tombstone with his brothers (and their wives) to settle down and put lawman days behind him. Unfortunately, Tombstone just won’t let that happen; a local gang (The Cowboys) on the loose, local law enforcement doesn’t make anything their problem, a crooked poker dealer ripping off the casino and bar.
What makes this film superior to other westerns is the depth of the story and the realistic performances of the cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Sam Elliott, Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Paxton, Billy Zane, even Charlton Heston. Even supporting roles whether major or minor are carefully crafted and played to perfection. While not necessarily intentional, this movie has fun pieces for everyone: western action, romance, lust, comedy, 1 liners, friendship, regret, self-discovery, addiction, and family. Also, the director seems to have paid close attention or done heave research on period accuracy in costume, language, and props. From what I can tell, it all holds accurate. Particularly, the firearms and scripting used throughout the film.