Gunfight at the OK Corral

Movie Details

Year1957
DirectorJohn Sturges
Key CastBurt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming, Jo Van Fleet, Dennis Hopper, Earl Holliman
MPAA RatingApproved
Film TypeBlack and White
Genre(s)Western
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“Gunfight at the OK Corral” Dramatizes One of the Old West’s Legendary Showdowns

Directed by John Sturges, “Gunfight at the OK Corral” is a 1957 film about one of the Old West’s most famous and dramatic incidents involving Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the Clanton gang.
 
In this classic, vividly crafted western, Burt Lancaster plays Wyatt Earp, the legendary lawman hoping to hang up his badge and settle down. Joining his brothers at Tombstone in Arizona Territory, Wyatt Earp is dogged by violence: Trouble in the form of the reckless Clanton gang ensures that his days of enforcing justice aren’t quite over.
 
Mounting to the famous showdown, the Earp brothers join ranks with the inveterate, malady-wracked gambler Doc Holliday—brought to life by another screen legend, Kirk Douglas—who just so happens to be as lethally handy with a six-shooter as he is fond of the bottle and gambling.
 
Even while deviating from the actual historical drama of 1881, “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” provides its own gripping tale about this legendary confrontation between the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday and the Clantons.
 
While Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas do most of the scenery-chewing, “Gunfight at the OK Corral” also showcases a rich roster of supporting players, including a young Dennis Hopper as Billy Clanton and Jo Van Fleet as Holliday’s flame, Kate Fisher.
 
 
• When “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” was filmed, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas were major stars and very popular with audiences. This western became the ninth highest-grossing box office movie in 1957 (putting it in the Top 10), and part of the reason for this success was attributed to the star power of Lancaster and Douglas.
 
Together, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas made seven movies with each other and “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” was the second one. This classic film was also the only western that Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas made together. The other six movies that they starred in together were: Seven Days in May (1964), The List of Adrian Messenger (1963), Tough Guys (1986), The Devil’s Disciple (1959), I Walk Alone (1947) and Victory at Entebbe (1976).
 

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