Cast and Crew: John Sturges (Director); Leon Uris (Screenwriter); Hal B. Wallis (Producer); Dimitri Tiomkin (Score); Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, Earl Holliman, Frank Faylen, Whit Bissell, DeForest Kelley, Kenneth Tobey, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam
What It’s About: Wyatt Earp (Burt Lancaster) runs into ‘Doc’ Holliday (Kirk Douglas) in one town after another in his capacity as a lawman, and a strange friendship blooms between the two men. When both end up against the Clantons (Lyle Bettger and Dennis Hopper) and their hired gun Johnny Ringo (John Ireland) in Tombstone, the two friends will rely on one another to survive.
Why Watch it Today?: The famous gunfight took place today in 1881, inspiring countless films, including Tombstone and Wyatt Earp in the 1990s and My Darling Clementine in the 1940s, among others (including a truly horrible version in an early Doctor Who serial, with the Doctor being mistaken for Doc Holliday). Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes a very different approach than most, highlighting the relationship between the two men and casting the often paired Lancaster and Douglas. The pacing is slow by modern standards, but its great fun to see these two actors play off one another, the supporting cast is fun, and the final gunfight is solid.
How accurate is this movie? The trailer gets the year and day of the month the gunfight happened wrong: