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Tombstone (1993)

The year is 1879.

A gang of outlaws known as “The Cowboys” control the town of Tombstone, AZ. Former lawman Wyatt Earp and his two brothers just moved into town and they don’t have a lot of love for ruffians.

The Earps manage to avoid getting caught up in town politics until they witness the leader of the Cowboys kill the town marshal. The eldest Earp volunteers to be marshal and outlaws all guns within town limits. A couple of the Cowboys are arrested for carrying some firearms around town which leads to some death threats and the shootout at the OK Corral.

Things go from bad to worse when eldest Earp is blasted in the back with buckshot and youngest Earp is shot and killed in an alley. Wyatt declares he is going to hunt every last Cowboy.

Act II ends with a shootout at a creek.

ACT III

Wyatt and Doc are hiding out at the Hooker Ranch. Ringo and the Cowboys knew where they were and leave a dead McMasters on their doorstep.

What’s killing Doc Holliday?

He’s got that tuberculosis. It’s a good thing it was eradicated and everyone vaccinates their kids so we don’t have to worry about this horrible illness returning.

So this was just a love story masquerading as a gun-totin’-lawman-saving-a-small-town Western?

It would appear so…

Is this based on a true story?

Sure, insofar as you can believe a Hollywood movie based on word-of-mouth tales and newspaper stories written weeks after-the-fact. According to witness accounts, the shootout in OK Corral is pretty accurate in that the Earps and Holliday got out mostly unscathed. And according to a surviving Cowboy, the shootout in the creek is pretty accurate, in that Wyatt walked up to Curly Bill without taking a hit and blasted him with a shotgun.

What kind of drug did Mattie overdose from?

Laudanum? Oh that’s just a simple opium tincture one could buy at a general store, usually used as a cough suppressant. It’s a good thing opioids are properly regulated now, over 100 years later, so that we don’t have to worry about scores of people overdosing on prescribed medication.

Leave any other questions below.

~Phil

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