Tombstone

Corrected entry: In the scene where Curly Bill is outside shooting in the air, marshal Fred White goes outside to try to disarm him. Immediately after Curly Bill shoots Fred White, the wire triggering the blood to spurt out of his shirt is quite obvious coming out the lower portion of his left leg (you can see the wire and the pant leg stand out from his body).

Correction: No, there is no such wire. I've watched this in slow-motion and zoomed in on the actor's leg. The pant leg is wide, but there is no wire. The device is strapped to his chest, not his leg, and is operated by a remote control. There is no mistake here.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: The movie shows Frank McLaury being the last one killed during the gunfight. Actually, Billy Clanton was the last one to die. After Frank was killed, Billy got off his last shot, the one that caught Morgan in the shoulder. (01:16:16)

Correction: Several of the chronological events are compressed or switched around, by the filmmakers, using creative license to tell the story in a dramatic and coherent manner. The movie is "based on true events"; it never represents itself to be the end-all-and-be-all historical account.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: In the scene where Ringo (Michael Beihn) and Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) are insulting each other at the casino. We see a shot of Wyatt's right hand under the card table reaching for a gun conveniently hidden ready to shoot Ringo in the balls. In the next shot we see Wyatt still has his right hand as well as his left on the table holding cards.

Correction: Wyatt reaches under the table with his right hand to position the mounted gun at Ringo. Then he returns his hand to the table top to appear nonchalant. He reaches under the table a second time before the confrontation is over. There is no mistake here - he moves his hands several times during the scene.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: When the Earps arrive in Tombstone, they are greeted by Sheriff Johnny Behan. The actual date of Wyatt's arrival is December 1, 1879. Johnny Behan didn't move to Tombstone until September of 1880 and wasn't elected Sheriff until the latter part of 1880 or early part of 1881.

Correction: Several of the chronological events are compressed or switched around - including Behan's arrival, Josie's arrival, the attacks on the Earps after the famous 'corral' gunfight (which took place over a several-month period). All of this was obviously done to tell the story in a seamless and coherent manner. The movie is "based on true events"; it never represents itself to be the end-all-and-be-all historical account.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: Doc has 2 pistols. He alternates rapid firing with standard gunslinging. Although he never reloads, he has one shell for the last guy.

Correction: What point during the movie are you referring to?

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: After the O.K. Corral shootout, the Cowboys get revenge on the Earps by shooting Virgil and Morgan Earp on the same night. In reality, though, Virgil was shot in December of 1881, while Morgan was shot in March of 1882, a span of a few months.

Correction: This isn't a "mistake" - movies are often written in such a way as to move the action along. This is called literary license.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the OK Corral gunfight when the Cowboys are positioning themselves as the Earps and Holliday approach, they show one additional Cowboy to Billy Claiborne's right who is not shown again for the remainder of the gunfight.

Correction: That's because that Cowboy left (like Ike did).

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: At the end of the gunfight, Wyatt and Doc walk away as the only two men not injured during the fight. In reality, Wyatt was the only person not shot during the fight. Doc was shot in the hip by Frank McLaury just before he was killed. (01:18:27)

Correction: Actually Doc was only grazed with a bullet that went across his hip and lower back in the actual fight. It was a minor injury that could easily be written out of the scene and would not have caused any conflict with showing him and Wyatt walking away together after the fight.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Wyatt is dealing Faro, the bettor says "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." This phrase was coined by Harry Truman in the 1940s.(http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/get-out-of-the-kitchen.html).

Correction: Not a mistake. Movies are commonly filmed using the venacular familiar with the climate at that time, using contemporary language over traditional, so the audience can be more involved and follow the movie easier. Using a phrase that is out or pre-dated is not considered a mistake, simply a means to make the movie more palatable to the overall audience.

Corrected entry: When the stagecoach containing Josie pulls away, its door obviously wasn't latched properly. Look closely and you can see the door swing wide open as the stagecoach leaves.

Correction: Not a movie mistake. Believe it or not, this can actually happen in real life.

Twotall

Corrected entry: Early In the movie, the "Cowboys" catch the Mexican Police coming out of a wedding for a gun fight. Ringo stands on a fountain that is bubbling water five feet in the air on a recirculating pump, and is fully sef contained. Not exactly an easy thing to do back in the 1800's with no pumps or electricity.

Correction: It is very possible for the fountain to be there. Fountains have reportedly been around in Rome Italy since 600 B.C.

Corrected entry: When the Cowboys interrupt the after-wedding party at the beginning, Curly Bill is seen walking and beside him, lying on the ground, is a dead man. He's breathing.

Correction: It's entirely possible the man who was shot has not died yet. He may be in fact just mortally wounded and unable to move or speak (i.e. - a paralyzing gun shot wound).

Corrected entry: After the shootout at the Ok Corral (Seems to be within a day or two), Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil are walking down a street and Virgil says "it's getting warmer, I guess spring is coming". The shootout took place on October 26, 1881. That would mean it was autumn and that winter was coming, not spring.

Correction: The movie makes no indication that scene took place a couple of days after the shooting. In fact, that line is probably in the script just to show that more than just a couple of days has passed since the previous scenes.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Curly Bill is playing Faro at Wyatt's table in the Oriental, there is a musician in the backround playing the piano. The song he is playing is "Marching Through Georgia" which deals with Sherman's army invading Georgia and basically burning it to the ground. To this day that topic is a sore spot for Georgians. During this scene, Doc Holliday is also in the room. He lived in Georgia when he was younger, and given his temper compounded with his state of intoxication during this scene, would have killed the musician without hesitation, reguardless of the fact that the Earps were in the room.

Correction: That might be, provided he was a)paying attention to the music, and b)knew the song. If Doc was paying more attention to the Faro table, he might not even have noticed what the piano player was playing--think Muzak. Also, I personally think if he had taken offence, he probably would have warned the musician first--Doc doesn't really seem to be a cold-blooded killer, drunk or not.

Kaite13

Corrected entry: During the OK Corral scene, Doc fires 3 shots from a double barrel shot gun without reloading.

Correction: Actually, the "third" shot is just the second shot from another angle. For the second shot, Doc shoots Tom in the stomach and Tom falls down dead. The third shot is the same as the second shot. The only exception is that Doc fired the "third" shot from his waist. In the second shot, he brought the rifle up and aimed. In both shots, Tom falls down dead.

Corrected entry: When Doc Holliday wins at poker and the other player takes offense, he challenges Doc Holliday. Doc places both of his guns on the table along with all the chips and money. After he knifes the other player, Doc's girlfriend Kate starts clearing the table. The camera shows her then Doc and Kate walk away from the table with both guns back in Doc's holsters and the table is absolutely spotless.

Correction: When Kate is clearing the table, she clearly pushes Doc's guns back towards him at one point before continuing to shovel loot into the bag. Doc then, also clearly, picks one gun up and returns it to his holster. We then see successive facial shots of Doc and Kate, and then they both walk away as stated above, with the table clear and both Doc's guns back in his holsters. There is definitely enough time for all of this to take place within the time shown.

Corrected entry: At the fight at the OK Corral, Tom McLaury is standing behind a horse and Doc Holliday fires his shotgun into the air to scare away the horse, but the horse didn't spook all the other times guns were being fired before that.

Correction: Doesn't necessarily make this an error. Who knows what horses will do from one moment to the next.

RLN

Corrected entry: When Morgan dies, Wyatt's hands are clearly covered with blood, but when he lays his hand on Morgan's forehead no blood is shown on it. Then when he is outside in the rain and wipes his hands on his shirt it leaves streaks of red.

Correction: The blood may have been dried. It's raining outside so his shirt becomes soaked, and that makes it easier for him to wipe the dried blood off on his shirt.

If you look at Wyatt's thumb, it is shiny. Dried blood doesn't do that.

vinloc

Continuity mistake: When Curly Bill is shooting up the town while drunk, he fires about 10 more rounds than his six shooter can hold without reloading, and still has a round remaining when he shoots Marshal Fred White. In the 1880 court hearing held after Marshal White's death, Curly Bill still had 5 rounds remaining in his pistol.

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Doc Holliday: Oh. Johnny, I apologize; I forgot you were there. You may go now.

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Trivia: Val Kilmer has been quoted as saying that screenwriter Kevin Jarre insisted the actors wear real wool costumes, in accordance with the time period. During the scene in the Birdcage Theater, Val Kilmer says, a thermometer was placed on the set, and it read 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Kilmer suggested jokingly that this was the reason Doc Holliday killed so many people: "It's just, like, he wore wool in the summer, in the Arizona territory, and that made him mad."

MovieFan612
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