Of all the films portraying the town of Tombstone, Arizona, the 1993 movie Tombstone has been praised for being the most historically accurate. The only version of this story to actually be shot in Arizona, Tombstone breathes new life into the oft-told story of the Showdown at the O.K. Corral. From Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer) funny and dry lines to Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russel) and the famous removal of Johnny Tyler (Billy Bob Thorton) from the Oriental Saloon, many parts of the film that one may assume as fiction are actually quite true! Here are some quotes to give you a small tastes of the sassy dialogue in Tombstone.
“I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now for the first time I know exactly what I want… and who… and that’s the damnable misery of it.”
“I have two guns, one for each of you.”
I’m dying, how are you?
I’d just like to let you know that you’re sitting at my seat.
There’s no normal life, Wyatt, it’s just life. Get on with it.
“I have not yet begun to defile myself.”
No. Not me. I’m in my prime.
Take a good look at him, Ike… ’cause that’s how you’re gonna end up!
Don’t need to go heeled to get the bulge on a dub like you.
It appears he missed an excellent chance to keep his mouth shut.
Ed, what an ugly thing to say… does this mean we’re not friends anymore? You know, Ed, if I thought you weren’t my friend, I just don’t think I could bear it.
You’re no daisy. You’re no daisy at all!
Why should I obtain by force that which I can obtain by cheating?
Your friends might get me in a rush, but not before I make your hand into a canoe. You understand me?
Down by the creek, walking on water.
I’m afraid the strain was more than he could bear. Oh, I wasn’t quite as sick as I made out.
Well, this happens to be a nocturne.
I stand corrected, Wyatt. You’re an oak.
Skin that smoke wagon and go to work!
I’m your huckleberry.
to Johnny Ringo: Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave.
Doc to Johnny Ringo: You look like someone just…walked over your grave.
“It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”
I won’t fight you, Ringo. There’s no money in it.
Yes, it’s true. You are a good woman. Then again, you may be the Antichrist.
Indeed, sir. The last charge of Wyatt Earp and his immortals
Five hundred… must be a peach of a hand. (responding to Ed Bailey’s Faro challenge)
My sweet, soft Hungarian devil.
Damn it, you’re the most fallible, stubborn, self-deluded, bullheaded man I’ve ever known in my entire life.
From now on I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. So run you cur. And tell the other curs the law is coming. You tell ’em I’m coming! And Hell’s coming with me you hear! Hell’s coming with me!
You ain’t as stupid as you look, Ike.
Yes, but there’s just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don’t know, reminds me of… me. No. I’m sure of it, I hate him.
Evidently Mr. Ringo’s an educated man. Now I really hate him.
Make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckonin’.
Indeed sir, the last charge of Wyatt Earp and his immortals.
Really? What about hell? They got a sign or what?
You gonna do somethin’ or just stand there and bleed?
Run. Take that girl and start running. Run and don’t look back. All your life you been running and looking back and just barely existing and calling it getting by. This time run and don’t look back and call it living. Live every second, live it right up to the hilt. Live, Wyatt, Live for me.
When will you wake up? You wouldn’t know a normal life if it bit you in the ass.
You know why I’m here. My hypocrisy only goes so far.
Doc about Wyatt: He’s down by the creek, walkin’ on water.
You could have been busted up back there, or killed.
[after killing Johnny Ringo] It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear.
A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
I beg to differ. We started a fight we never got to finish. Play for blood, remember?
I wonder who the devil was?
“In all that time workin’ those cow towns, I was only ever mixed up in one shooting, just one. But a man lost his life and I took it! You don’t know how that feels, and believe me boy, you don’t ever want to know. Not ever!”
Doc to Johnny Tyler: Johnny, I apologize. I forgot you were there. You may go now.
Oh, no need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.
Go ahead, skin it. Skin that smokewagon and see what happens.
I’m gettin’ about sick of your gas, now jerk that pistol and go to work!
“You’re the doctor… Sad news friend, you lose.”
Fight’s commenced! Get to fightin’ or get away!
Forgive me if I don’t shake hands.
Poor soul, you were just too high strung.
Nonsense. By all means, move.
You called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it.
I don’t think I’ll let you arrest us today, Behan.
Weave a circle round him thrice, /And close your eyes with holy dread, /For he on honey-dew hath fed, /And drunk the milk of Paradise.
No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.
Wyatt to Josephine: You’re different. No arguin’ that. But you’re a lady. I’d take my oath on it.
I did my duty, now I’d like to get on with my life. I’m going to Tombstone.
That’s what I love about Wyatt. He can talk himself into anything.
My dear, it appears that we may have to re-define the nature of our relationship.
The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin’ it!
Look, darlin’. Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistol since Wild Bill, they say.
Already got a guilty conscience, might as well have the money too.
And you, music lover, you’re next.
You’re the only human being in my entire life that ever gave me hope.
Well that is a hell of a thing for you to say Wyatt
I don’t know, there’s just something about him. Something around the eyes. Reminds me of… Me. Nope, now I’m sure of it. I hate him.
Maybe poker’s just not your game Ike. I know! Let’s have a spelling contest!
Not me. I’m in my prime.
Credat Judaeus Apella, Non Ego. The Jew Apella may believe it, not I.
I never saw a rich man that didn’t wind up with a guilty conscience. 2)I already got a guilty conscience. Might as well have the money, too.
How the hell did we get ourselves into this?
I told you we weren’t getting involved.
I said throw down, boy!
Why Ed does this mean we’re not friends anymore? You know Ed, if I thought you weren’t my friend… I just don’t think I could bear it!
I said poker’s an honest trade. Only suckers buck the tiger. The odds are all with the house.
And this time…… it’s legal.
Why, Kate, you’re not wearing a bustle… how lewd.
I’m gettin’ tired of all your gas, now jerk that pistol and go to work!