TOMBSTONE
1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 130 min, USA, Dir: George P. Cosmatos

This action-packed, all-star retelling of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral remains one of the most successful contemporary Westerns. Kurt Russell stands tall as Wyatt Earp, a lawman hoping to retire to the town of Tombstone, Arizona, only to find it plagued by a vicious band of outlaws known as the Cochise County Cowboys. Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton costar as brothers Virgil and Morgan Earp, and Val Kilmer gives one of his best-ever performances as the ailing but reliable Doc Holliday.


GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND
1993, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

A modern action master, director Walter Hill also displays a reflective side and almost Rossellini-esque historical perspective in his retelling of the last days of resistance of the great Apache leader. One of the most impressive and overlooked late Westerns. With Wes Studi, Matt Damon, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson. Music by Ry Cooder.


HARD TIMES
1975, Sony Repertory, 93 min, USA, Dir: Walter Hill

Walter Hill’s debut feature as director is this no-holds-barred tale of a bare-knuckle boxer (Charles Bronson) in Depression-era New Orleans and the fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) who parlays Bronson’s talents as a pugilist into quick money. “There's the temptation, with material like this, to fashion parables and give the characters portentous speeches about the meaning of it all. But HARD TIMES never steps back from itself, never lectures us. Its theme is buried in its material, and it's a hard-edged action film all the way.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.


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