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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) - movie overview

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 22, 2003

Running Time
2 hours, 2 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)

• Zwei rechnen ab (1957)



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Genre: Western, Suspense, Outlaws, Revenge, Prostitution, Thieves, Gangsters

Plot: Of all the film versions of the famed 1881 gunfight, this one, starring Burt Lancaster as Wyatt Earp and Kirk Douglas as Doc Holliday, probably has the highest testosterone quotient. Focusing on the friendship between the forthright, responsible sheriff and the risk-taking, consumptive gambler, it suggests that their relationship is based on this opposition of qualities. Wyatt's stormy romance with gambler Laura Benbow (Rhonda Fleming) and Doc's rivalry with Johnny Ringo (John Ireland) over the affections of local madam Kate Fisher (Jo Van Fleet) add to the tension preceding the final showdown. When Wyatt's brothers, Tombstone lawmen, ask for his help in evening the odds against Ike Clanton (Lyle Bettger), his brothers, the McLowerys, and Johnny Ringo, Doc decides to join his friend. After Wyatt gets to town, he quickly puts a crimp in Ike's cattle-rustling activities, which leads the outlaw to set him up for assassination. A mix-up leads to Wyatt's youngest brother, Jimmy (Martin Milner), getting killed in Wyatt's place. Doc tries to talk him out of revenge, but the enraged lawman will have none of it, and the scene is set for the historic final gun battle. This solid, well-made Western is hoisted by the fine screenplay by novelist Leon Uris and the charisma of the two stars,

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 Directed by
John Sturges
The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Bad Day at Black Rock
 Written by
Leon Uris
Topaz, Exodus, Battle Cry
 Cast
Burt Lancaster
Field of Dreams, From Here to Eternity, Local Hero
Kirk Douglas
Spartacus, Paths of Glory, Out of the Past
Dennis Hopper
Apocalypse Now, Speed, True Romance
DeForest Kelley
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Lee Van Cleef
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Escape from New York, High Noon
Rhonda Fleming
Spellbound, Out of the Past, The Spiral Staircase
Jo Van Fleet
Cool Hand Luke, East of Eden, The Tenant
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 Music By
Dimitri Tiomkin
It's a Wonderful Life, Strangers on a Train, High Noon



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