Dana Delany provides this films only fault: romance. Tombstone really falls down in this arena. Historically, Josephine Marcus, Delany's character, is reputed as a showbiz tramp. Many feel that she seduced Wyatt, leading Wyatt's wife of the time, Mattie Blaylock Earp, to commit suicide. Delany proves far too prudish to imply even more than a junior-high crush.
But westerns have never been great romance films. Tombstone is fairly accurate historically. In fact, some of the more unbelieveable scenes (such as Bill Brosius missing Wyatt three times from point-blank range before Earp cuts him in half with a shotgun) are actually documented. The Shootout at OK Corral is portrayed almost exactly as courtroom proceedings have described it. (see some of the excerpts that I have found) The Clantons and McLaurys were deadly rivals of the Earps, and this feud caused many casualties on both sides. The Earps were no angels, and I think that Jarre's script does a good job in getting that idea across.
If you have not seen this movie yet, please make tracks to your local video store. Tombstone is a masterful blend of history, action, and wit. I hope that you thoroughly enjoy the following links. Some are mine, some are others'; with all of them I hope to consummate the experience that is...Tombstone
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If you really want the Clanton's side of the story, you should check out The Notorious Clanton Gang Homepage!
You can peruse Biblenet to read their translation of Johnny Ringo's Biblical Quote
Check out Tombstone on the Internet Movie Database! All the information you could want on the movie is available there.
A Fairly Accurate Review by Scott Renshaw can be found here....and Mark Leeper has another review that talks about historical accuracy.