Corrected entry: In one scene when Wyatt Earp is crying out in the middle of town and it's raining, around Wyatt, the street is soaked and puddled with pouring rain, a few feet further up the street is clearly still hard-packed dirt where the sprinklers stop - you can even see exactly where the "rain" ends.

Correction: This actually happens in Arizona. I was down in tombstone and it happened where you can see where rain stops and starts - it's pretty neat.

Corrected entry: Wyatt did not meet Josephine Marcus after she came to town for a show at the Birdcage Theater. It opened in December 1881, a few months after the gunfight at the OK corral, which occurred in an alley near the corral but not in it.

Correction: This is not a documentary. This is a movie based on the events that happened. Therefore since it's not a documentary, they can make any changes to events they want.


Corrected entry: In the early scene where Wyatt slaps Johnny Tyler, in one shot, his entire bottom lip is drenched in blood. In the next shot, there are two small blood droplets on his bottom lip.


Correction: We see Tyler wipe his mouth on his handkerchief.


Corrected entry: When Doc is playing poker with Ed Bailey and Doc lays his guns on the table, a Washington quarter is evident on the table. These type of Washington quarters began being minted in 1932.


Correction: No such quarter is evident. The person posting should clarify the location. I have studied still photos of the scene in question, there is no coin fitting the description.

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, when The Cowboys kill the bride and groom and groomsmen, they shoot and kill all of the groomsmen. If you look closely at one who has been shot at least twice, (he starts out on his side then gets kicked on to his back by one of the other actors a few seconds later) you can see him breathing.

Correction: Just because you are shot twice, you may not die instantly. He was mortally wounded and still breathing at the time. No mistake.


Corrected entry: After Doc stabs Ed Bailey and he and Kate are exiting the saloon, he is holding his cigarette in his left hand down by his hip when he is moving through the doorway. Yet when the scene cuts to him stepping onto the boardwalk, he has the cigarette to his lips in his right hand.


Correction: Not correct. In fact Doc has the cigarette in his right hand as he approaches the door to leave, turns and puts the cigarette in his mouth with his right hand collects the money from the table,puts the smoke in his mouth to tip his hat to them and then takes the cigarette out of his mouth with his right hand and walks through the door holding the smoke in his right hand which the camera picks up outside where he takes it out with his right hand to kiss his partner.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the Earps are playing pool and the mayor is trying to get them involved, Virgil is wearing a sidearm. The following scene when he exits the billiard hall and cowboys are shooting up the street, he reaches to his hip for his gun but it's not there.

Correction: Virgil's pistol was on his left hip because he was playing pool with his right (dominant) arm. Outside he reaches instinctively for his gun which would usually be on his right hip, as a reflexive action when he hears gunfire. You will see when he picks up the boy that the gun is still on his left hip.


Corrected entry: After Morgan is killed, the Earps leave Tombstone with Wyatt driving a flat wagon carrying Morgan's body and Virgil driving the covered wagon with the women. In the next scene, as they cross the prairie headed for the train station, only the covered wagon appears with a man (most likely Wyatt) riding a black horse in front of it. The other wagon is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: Morgan's body was taken by wagon to the nearest railhead (in Benson) and was sent to his parents in Colton, California, where he was buried. Virgil and his wife continued on to Tucson - this is where we see only the covered wagon and Wyatt.


Corrected entry: When the Earps are in the Oriental discussing Curly Bill's acquittal, Wyatt relates that Judge Spicer said, "Without witnesses, you can't have a murder." But there were witnesses - Josie and Behan both were shown as eyewitnesses.

Brenda Elzin

Correction: If they were not willing to testify in court, then there would be no witnesses before the judge, and none according to the law.


Corrected entry: After Wyatt obtains his 25% stake from the Oriental, he is seen walking over to his brothers and putting his cigar in his mouth. The camera angle changes and he is now seen putting his arms around his brothers shoulder's and the cigar is now in his left hand.



Correction: With the cigar in his left hand, Wyatt takes a drag as he descends the steps of the Oriental and is approaching his brothers from behind. When he reaches them, the cigar is correctly in his left hand when he touches Morgan on his shoulder.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: When Wyatt's younger brother tells Doc that they have a stake in the Oriental, he is seen putting his cigar in his mouth. The camera angle changes and the cigar is now seen back in his hands.


Correction: Morgan actually tells Doc they've acquired a Faro game (he doesn't say where). Also, the cigar is unlit and it is common to put an unlit cigar in your teeth and remove it (which he does while the camera is focused on Doc), whether because he was simply chewing the end or whether he realized it was unlit.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: During the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Ike Clanton is seen running into a store, grabbing the sheriff's gun, and then breaking the window and window frame so he could shoot at the Earp's and Doc Holliday. When the camera angle changes you see the window frame intact and when the camera angle changes again the frame is broken again.



Correction: The panes of glass (of which there are many) are broken throughout the fight and none of them are "restored" at any point in this sequence.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: During the scene in which the boy pretends to shoot the Earps and Doc Holiday as they walk to the OK Corral, the first camera shot shows that the ground is completely dry. The shot changes and there is a large puddle of water close to Wyatt.


Correction: There is no "large puddle of water". There is a patch of ground that is slightly more damp than the surrounding area.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: After the shootout at the OK Corral, there's a shot of a bell tolling. But the sound of the tolls is out of sync with the movement of the bell.


Correction: If you've ever actually watched a large bell tolling, you would see that the sound resonates while the bell is swinging back the other way. So, there is no audio mistake here.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: Fred White, the town marshal, is portrayed as an old man with white beard. In reality, he was only 31 years old when Curly Bill shot him.


Correction: As noted in several other corrections here, the facts are adjusted in several areas to accommodate the filmmakers' artistic license. In the commentary, we learn that they chose to have an aged Marshall White to accentuate the cowardice of the young Sheriff Behan, who forces White to confront the opium-crazed Curly Bill which leads to his death.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: In the scene toward the end of the shootout at the O. K. Corral, Texas Jack and Creek Johnson are shown walking over a large video or sound dish used by the crew as they back into the street. Wyatt then joins Doc to walk away.

Correction: It's a hatbox, on its edge. It's not a piece of movie equipment.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: During the end credits, we are shown the Earps and Holliday walking down the streets of Tombstone. They are all wearing coats in the long shot, but in the first close-up of Virgil his coat is missing. You can see the tip of his shoulder and he is wearing just a white shirt and a vest.


Correction: It's sunlight, not a white shirt. The shadow from his hat only goes so wide. You're seeing the sunlight.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: In the scene where Virgil Earp hits Ike Clanton on the head with his pistol (following Ike Clanton accusing Doc Holliday of cheating), Ike gets his guns from the barkeep. But earlier in the film when the brothers first become lawmen, they make the rule that no one can carry guns in town. They are supposed to turn their guns over to the marshal upon entering town, not the barkeep.

Correction: The Ordnance doesn't specifically limit surrendering the guns to the marshals. It was common practice to place guns in the custody of the bartenders, especially since the marshals were not usually in their office/jailhouse the majority of the time.

Brenda Elzin

Corrected entry: When Curly Bell shoots the marshal he is seen with his gun in his right hand. Wyatt is then seen hitting him over the head and as he falls to the ground the gun is nowhere to be seen.


Correction: There is a gun at the Marshall's feet (the one Curly Bill held in his left hand) and Bill is still holding a pistol in his right hand when Wyatt cold-cocks him and he falls onto his right side. Then Behan steps in and crouches over the Marshall and obscures the gun from our sight.

Brenda Elzin

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.


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: During the gunfight in the lot behind the OK Corral, Tom McLaury is firing a six shooter at Doc just before Doc fires his shotgun in the air to scare Tom's horse away. The mistake is that Tom McLaury wasn't armed during the actual gunfight. He was shot by Doc while he was reaching for the rifle he had stored in his saddle.


Correction: The events have been intentionally adjusted by the filmmakers to create a coherent and entertaining movie. It's based on true events; it's not a day-to-day account of the events of 1880 through 1882. Artistic license does not constitute a movie mistake.

Brenda Elzin

Changing facts in historical material does constitute factual mistakes, whether anybody wants to call them that or not.

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.


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.(

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: 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.


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.


Corrected entry: During the fight at the OK corral, Doc Holiday has a double barrel shotgun but he shoots it three times, once in the air to spook the horse, once again to shoot the guy behind the horse, then the scene changes and he shoots another guy with the same gun without reloading.

Correction: This is already explained in corrections. The "third shot" is the same as the second shot from a different angle. The mistake is that he changes how he shoots. However, the same guy is shot - and falls dead from each angle.

Zwn Annwn

I don't buy the explanation. What would be the point of the filmmaker doing that when it's not done elsewhere in the movie, and why would the killing of the guy Doc shot be important enough to warrant a shot of it from two angles when none of the others were? No sale; still an error.

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.

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: During the gun fight that precedes Wyatt Earp killing Curly Bill in the river, one of the gun fighters is seen reloading his shotgun. The shells he pulls out are red plastic with brass collars. They didn't have plastic then, the shells were all brass.

Correction: Some shells back then were very thick paper on brass. They were cheaper and couldn't be reloaded.

Grumpy Scot

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.


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.

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



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.



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."