Tombstone

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For my analysis essay I chose to write about the film, Tombstone, concluding that Wyatt Earp was a good man. The movie is set in the year 1879 in the old west town of Tombstone Arizona and focuses mainly on the historical character Wyatt Earp, his family, friends, and the events leading in the town. The main character Wyatt Earp is exactly what you would expect of an old west lawman, tough but with a sense of dry humor that plays well with the rest of the characters, like his older brother Virgil and younger brother Morgan. Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan also brought their “wives” on the journey with them, Allie, Virgil’s wife, Louisa, Morgan’s wife, and Mattie, Wyatt’s wife who suffered with a significant drinking and drug problem. Along with the usual “bad guys” there are many other colorful characters that liven up the screen such as, the leader of the cowboy gang, Curly Bill Brocis and his right hand man in the gang, Johnny Ringo. The cowboy gang is made up of over 100 Texas outlaws and conartists that represent the earliest example of organized crime in North America. Although these are the villains in the movie, both Curly Bill and Johnny Ring bring a sense of drama and suspense to the screen that makes them two characters that you “love to hate”. And of course there are some of the lighter characters in the movie which include Wyatt’s best friend, Doc Holiday, the former dentist suffering from tuberculosis who now makes his living in the saloons playing poker and slinging guns, but he also brings a good dose of comic relief with his dry humor and deep southern Georgia accent while aside his traveling companion, his Hungarian mistress that goes by the name of Big Nose Kate. Finally, we get to the lovely Josephine Marcus, the exquisite actress that catches Wyatt’s eye while in Tombstone, which eventually sets a spark to ignite the romance that you wouldn’t expect from such a historical movie. In the events of this movie you have suspense, drama, and even...
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