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4.0 out of 5 stars Gunfight at OK Corral a vintage masterpiece
Gunfight at OK Corral Entertaining if not misleading version of the frendship between Wyatt Earp(Burt Lancaster)and Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas)and the events leading up to the gunbattle between the Earps,Holliday and the Clantons and Mclorys at the Ok Corral in Tombstone.This is Kirk Douglas,s picture as the character of Doc Holliday is always the most fascinating,and...
Published on 7 April 2005 by Rankin Cattan

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK CORAL
I have watched this unexpected gift and found it very good with the actors well portrayed in their respective rolls.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gunfight at OK Corral a vintage masterpiece, 7 April 2005
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Rankin Cattan "rankin_cattan" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Gunfight at OK Corral Entertaining if not misleading version of the frendship between Wyatt Earp(Burt Lancaster)and Doc Holliday (Kirk Douglas)and the events leading up to the gunbattle between the Earps,Holliday and the Clantons and Mclorys at the Ok Corral in Tombstone.This is Kirk Douglas,s picture as the character of Doc Holliday is always the most fascinating,and Kirk Douglas carries it off well,Holliday was an extremely ill man suffering from Tuberculosis,and he lived a very fast and percarious existance being a gunman and gambler
Wyatt Earp on the other hand was a gambler and lawman and this version of the story made in 1956 was typical of the trate of avoiding the unpleasant truths about the characters and making a movie that was in colour,which Gunfight at the OK Corral is and is well photographed has an excellant musical soundtrack theme sung by the great Frankie Laine,and was good viewing for all age groups,if you like vintage westerns you,ll love Gunfight buy it and enjoy you wont be disappointed
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Western !, 10 Sept. 2006
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1956 "Gun Figth at the OK Corral" is one of the biguest box-office sucesses of the 1950's, its also a classic western, and a true prototype of the action adventure male fantasies that will be the staple of Hollywood productions from the late 60ths to todays's Bruckeimer/Nicholas Cage extravaganzas.
Producer Hall Wallis hired talented John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape)to remake once again the story of the Wyatt Earp/Doc Hollyday friendship who would culminate in the famous Ok Corral shooting against the infamous Clanton Gang. With great performances by all the cast and specially Kirk Douglas as Doc Hollyday and Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp, this is a pure joy to watch! Hollywood at his best in providing entertainment "Gunfigth at OK Corral" is a true classic! The dvd edition is just ok since it presents a good copy of the film in its original widescreen ratio, but without any significant extras. Lets hope there's a Special edition planned for this film..it sure deserves one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Filmed Gunfight in History., 9 April 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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"Gunfight at The OK Corral"(57) directed by John Sturges is another take on the famous gunfight which took place in Tombstone on October 21st 1881 in which three members of the Clanton gang were killed by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Incidentally there were many other shoot outs where more persons were killed, but this is the one that has gained notoriety. The screenplay was provided by "Exodus" writer Leon Uris. Burt Lancaster plays a granite jawed Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas plays a moody Doc Holliday. Douglas is more dour than the consumptive Doc played by Victor Mature in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine", where he coughed into the worlds largest and most used hanky. John Ireland is on the Clanton side, as he was in the Ford film. Dennis Hopper crops up as a very scared Billy Clanton. Other support is provided by Lee Van Cleef and the ever reliable Jack Elam. DeForrest Kelly also appears as Morgan Earp. Ten years later as Doctor McCoy he and the crew of The Enterprise bizarrely had to face the Earps in an episode of Star Trek called "Spectre of the Gun". Sturges actually made a sequel to his film ten years later called "Hour of the Gun" where James Garner played Wyatt Earp. Other films involving Wyatt Earp include "Tombstone" with Kurt Russell and "Wyatt Earp" with Kevin Costner. Many other films were loosely based on this legendary sheriff who had a reputation for cleaning up lawless towns.

The film moves along at a good pace, helped by its rousing musical score. Sturges always appeared more comfortable directing Westerns. Helped with its strong cast it is an enjoyable film. Both Douglas and Lancaster give workmanlike performances. The film moves along at a good pace, helped by its rousing musical score. It is not a classic and not as good as Sturges excellent "Bad Day at Black Rock", but is still a very watchable and entertaining film. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Western, 7 Aug. 2009
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I love a good western and this is up with the top ones. I replaced my old VHS with this DVD. Burt and Kirk seem even better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doc and Wyatt., 28 Feb. 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wednesday, October 26, 1881, gets an all star glossy Hollywood telling. Directed by John Sturges and adapted by Leon Uris from an article written by George Scullin. It stars Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, John Ireland and Lyle Bettger. Music is by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Charles B. Lang Junior.

I don't want any part of him. I don't even like him.

Actually The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral as a title is something of a bum steer, for Sturges' two hour movie gives up just over five minutes to the actual event that continues to fascinate over 130 years later. In fact, for such a glorious sounding title, it's arguably surprising that there is very little action in the movie. For what unfolds in that two hour running time is what director (Sturges would be bemused by its success and ten years later took another stab at the legend and made Hour of the Gun) and leading actors agreed was a very talky movie, the emphasis is on a friendship, a love really, between John Henry "Doc" Holliday and Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp. This is one of the Western genre's greatest "buddy-buddy" movies.

Listen, preacher, being here is causing me a lot of embarrassment. Some people are even taking me for a lawman.

In spite of its talky nature and being very much a "town" Western, the film was hugely successful and became a leading forerunner for all star Westerns. It wasn't all sweetness and light, mind. In the beginning Douglas had already turned down the role of Earp before accepting the part of Holliday (Bogart was close, Palance and Widmark also considered) and Lancaster had to be "bribed" to take on the role of Wyatt (being pretty vociferous about the talky nature of the screenplay). The two leading men were initially at odds with each other, but they would form a respectful friendship from here on in and their chemistry as Doc and Wyatt is why the film succeeds as a "literate" piece.

All gunfighters are lonely. They live in fear. They die without a dime, a woman or a friend.

It has a mixed reputation amongst Western aficionados, which is understandable. Some of the dialogue is cheesy and the likes of Fleming and DeForest Kelley are in turn badly written and under used. There's also the historical fudging of the story and the sparsity of landscape photography, the latter of which a crime given it's a VistaVision Technicolor production. The town set designs often look artificial, a problem since 90% of the picture is set to town background, but if viewed as a story of a friendship set to the famous shoot-out, it strikes all the right notes; including Frankie Laine's warbling of the clippy cloppy catchy title tune. It should have been titled Doc and Wyatt, though. 8/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A TIMELESS CLASSIC', 28 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral [Blu-ray] [1957] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Screen legends 'Burt Lancaster' and 'Kirk Douglas' lead the cast list as
'Wyatt Earp' and 'Doc Holliday' in this classic version of the 'Gunfight at
the O.K Coral'
This the first time the 1956 western has been distributed on the Blu-ray
format.
Telling the version of events that led to the infamous gunfight in Tombstone.
The story starts with 'Wyatt' as marshal in 'Dodge City' where 'Wyatt and
'Doc's' path cross, early beginnings of a friendship perhaps.
The film highlights the love-hate relationship between 'Doc Holliday' and
'Big-Nose'' Kate Fisher'
'Doc' and 'Wyatt' stood side by side throughout several skirmishes in and
around 'Dodge'
The story then takes us to 'Tombstone' where 'Wyatt' responds to brother
'Virgil's call for help, he's having bother from the 'Clanton' gang.
In this film 'Doc' rides into 'Tombstone' with 'Wyatt' to join forces with 'Virgil'
and 'Morgan'
Trouble between the 'Earp's' and the 'Clanton's' rumble on until reaching the
showdown at the O.K coral.
The banter between 'Burt Lancaster' and 'Kirk Douglas' is brilliant viewing.
There of course have been many movies telling the tale of the historic events,
including....'Kevin Costner's' -'Wyatt Earp'.....'Kurt Russell's' -'Tombstone' and
'James Garner's' -'Hour of The Gun'.....each. well worth viewing, and yes each
telling a, in some cases slight difference in events before during and after the
gunfight.
This film suggests 'Wyatt' at the end leaving to marry 'Laura Dembow' all I know
for sure that his long term partner after events had wound up in 'Tombstone'
was 'Josephine Sarah Marcus' who died in 1944 and was buried with 'Wyatt'
who died in 1929 in 'Los Angeles'
In this film all six that faced the 'Earp's' and 'Doc' at the O.K coral all died including
'Ringo' and 'Ike Clanton' the facts are that just three died in the fight and are
buried side by side in 'Boot-hill' 'Billy Clanton' 'Frank Mclaury' and 'Tom Mclaury'
The gunfight itself made somewhat lengthier and more dramatic in the film, than
it really was, obviously for entertainment rather than historical purposes.
(as I've previously mentioned before, it was my good fortune to visit both 'Boot Hill
and the Town of Tombstone which has been well preserved (saw a re-enactment
of the gunfight whilst there)
Although the film does not necessarily follow historical accuracy it is a very entertaining
and lively account of events starring two 'Hollywood' legends in 'Burt Lancaster' and
'Kirk Douglas'
The film is currently available to order on 'Amazon' via the U.S.A.( The good news
being the disc is region-free)
Well worth a nostalgic spin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tight fight, 10 July 2012
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Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957) is a film based on a real event which took place on October 26, 1881. It was directed by John Sturges and features a screenplay written by novelist Leon Uris, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; the movie's supporting cast included Rhonda Fleming, John Ireland, Jo Van Fleet, Martin Milner, Dennis Hopper, Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef, DeForest Kelley, Earl Holliman and Charles Herbert.

The Gunfight at the OK Corral was a gunfight that took place at about 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, and is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West. The gunfight, believed to have lasted only about thirty seconds, was fought between the outlaw Cowboys Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank McLaury, and the opposing lawmen:

Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, aided by Doc Holliday acting as a temporary deputy of Virgil. Cowboys Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne ran from the fight unharmed, but Ike's brother Billy Clanton was killed, along with both McLaurys. Lawmen Holliday and Morgan and Virgil Earp were wounded. Only Wyatt Earp came through the fight unharmed. The fight has come to represent a time in American history when the frontier was open range for outlaws opposed by law enforcement that was spread thin over vast territories, leaving some areas unprotected.

So much for an excerpt from Wikipedia, which has a "true" and a "film" article under that title, which run to many pages, but which are not really relevant for the appreciation of the movie. The movie, perhaps a bit on the long side, develops the story and its many windings in a clear way and has excellent direction and camera work. Acting is also notable, impeccable for the males.

192 - The Gunfight at the OK Corral (John Sturges, 1957, 122') - 10/7/2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Age has still not destroyed the quaint charm of this film, 10 Sept. 2009
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It's funny to see a standard cow-boy western film of the generation before the spaghetti western. OK Coral is just that. It is good and bad at the same time. Good because it builds a simple plot with land conflicts, security problems, male domination in number and then male aggressiveness to compensate that lack of women, when it is not to conquer or impress the few women there. Then you have the gamblers and the drinking and of course the saloon, the hotel and the Sheriff's office with its jail. Great variation here: the sheriff is a marshal but that changes nothing. The Indians are no longer an option and the Mexicans neither. It is only the description of a white social unit relatively isolated from the civilized world hence on the frontier and the conflicts you can find there. So it is after the Indian wars, or just ignorant of them, and definitely after the war with Mexico. This film is a perfect example of this genre and it avoids the train, though there is a railroad, bank robbing and other standard western problems. That's why this film still has a value: it really shows what social life was then and there in Texas, and what the relations between the people in that community could be, with their conflicts and their sentimental episodes. A rough life anyway. And this very positive point is the negative side of the film too because today we cannot watch this film which probably was considered as a very good example of the genre at the time the same way as then because Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood have come along and transformed the genre. If we forget about this comparative side of things, we can appreciate the film as a well built and well conducted little plot showing human nature is so brittle, so superficial at times, so little civilized and yet so human and always captured through the mind. The mind that distorting mirror by excellence.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University Paris 12 Créteil, CEGID
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Filmed Gunfight in History., 9 April 2009
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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"Gunfight at The OK Corral"(57) directed by John Sturges is another take on the famous gunfight which took place in Tombstone on October 21st 1881 in which three members of the Clanton gang were killed by the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Incidentally there were many other shoot outs where more persons were killed, but this is the one that has gained notoriety. The screenplay was provided by "Exodus" writer Leon Uris. Burt Lancaster plays a granite jawed Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas plays a moody Doc Holliday. Douglas is more dour than the consumptive Doc played by Victor Mature in John Ford's "My Darling Clementine", where he coughed into the worlds largest and most used hanky. John Ireland is on the Clanton side, as he was in the Ford film. Dennis Hopper crops up as a very scared Billy Clanton. Other support is provided by Lee Van Cleef and the ever reliable Jack Elam. DeForrest Kelly also appears as Morgan Earp. Ten years later as Doctor McCoy he and the crew of The Enterprise bizarrely had to face the Earps in an episode of Star Trek called "Spectre of the Gun". Sturges actually made a sequel to his film ten years later called "Hour of the Gun" where James Garner played Wyatt Earp. Other films involving Wyatt Earp include "Tombstone" with Kurt Russell and "Wyatt Earp" with Kevin Costner. Many other films were loosely based on this legendary sheriff who had a reputation for cleaning up lawless towns.

The film moves along at a good pace, helped by its rousing musical score. Sturges always appeared more comfortable directing Westerns. Helped with its strong cast it is an enjoyable film. Both Douglas and Lancaster give workmanlike performances. The film moves along at a good pace, helped by its rousing musical score. It is not a classic and not as good as Sturges excellent "Bad Day at Black Rock", but is still a very watchable and entertaining film. Recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 3 Dec. 2009
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Mr. P. Amiel "paul_amiel" (Radlett, UK) - See all my reviews
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Two of Hollywood's greats in this classic movie. Timeless and hugely enjoyable - they don't act like this anymore. This is a movie you can watch time and time again, if you like westerns, that is.
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