Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
Facts and Figures
Run time: 122 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 30th May 1957
Box Office Worldwide: $11.8M
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Paramount Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
Fresh: 9 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 7.2 / 10
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Review
Have I got a movie for you! The Burt Lancaster-Kirk Douglas rendition of the still-going-strong story of the shootout in Tombstone is possible the tamest and least inspired on record, a workmanlike and low-budget retelling of the story. No insight, no real violence, no soul. This Gunfight doesn't actually occur until 1 hour and 45 minutes into the film -- tragic in its deception and painful in the boredom induced on the way.
How else to describe this western? Well, get past the horrible sets and a wholly forgettable performance from Lancaster (as Earp) and you'll find an engaging Douglas playing a steely Doc Holliday. The one memorable scene has Doc refusing to leave the Blackjack table as bullets fly outside -- and many land in the gambling parlor. But where is Doc's tuberculosis? He's the classic dying and deeply-flawed hero. Here he's a Superman.