The Patriot Resource - Tombstone

- Writer Kevin Jarre also started filming as the director, but his inexperience coupled with a rigorous shooting schedule led to filming quickly running behind. After shooting for four weeks, he was abruptly fired and replaced by George Cosmatos, who resumed filming with only three days of preparation.

- To bring the film back onto schedule and under budget, several subplots and character developments were cut out with the focus going to Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday's friendship.

- After Writer Kevin Jarre's removal as Director four weeks into filming, George Cosmatos assumed directorial duties, while star Kurt Russell assumed some on-set producer duties including script rewrites. He cut the script with input from the ensemble cast.

- The scenes at the Hooker Ranch with Charlton Heston were filmed while Kevin Jarre was still Director.

- Director George Cosmatos added the opening scene confrontation between the Cowboys and the Mexican police, which established them as the 'bad guys'. The original script had the two factions of the Cowboys and the Earps much less clearly defined as good and bad guys.

- Wyatt Earp's fifth cousin, Wyatt Earp, portrayed Billy Claiborne.

- Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton had previously worked together in The Lords of Discipline (1983), Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986) and Navy SEALS (1990).

- Tombstone was filmed in Arizona on the Babocomari Ranch and in Mascal and Old Tucson.

- Mascal, Arizona has been used in other westerns such as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Quick and the Dead and the TV movie I Married Wyatt Earp.

- Old Tucson, Arizona has been used in other westerns such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, John Wayne's Rio Bravo, McLintock! and El Dorado (with Robert Mitchum) and the comedy Three Amigos!.

- Tombstone earned $56.5 million in the United States on a budget of about $25 million. For comparison, Kevin Costner's Wyatt Earp released only months later managed only $25 million in box office on a budge of $65 million.


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