My writer’s group just had a discussion about Son of the Morning Star and the consensus was that despite its flaws, it was the best of the Custer movies.
An earlier post pilloried poor historical dramas…this list contains superior efforts.
Tombstone-1993: No movie will ever accurately portray the life and character of Wyatt Earp, he’s not nearly likable enough; but Tombstone comes close to capturing the tumultuous two-year period the Earp clan resided in Southern Arizona. Kevin Jarre crafted a remarkably accurate and detailed script and was granted permission to direct the film. Shortly after filming began, studio hatchet men fired Jarre and stripped much of his work from the final product. The production values remained high featuring authentic costuming, gun play, and a detailed recreation of Arizona’s biggest boom town. Enough of Jarre’s script remains giving Val Kilmer’s sly Doc Holliday plenty of saucy one liners to balance Kurt Russell’s conflicted Earp. Put Sam Elliot on a dusty street with a gun and a Stetson, good things will happen. The film takes liberties with history (Holliday was…
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