The 1993 western film "Tombstone" stars Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott and Dana Delaney. Based on historical fact, "Tombstone" depicts events surrounding the arrival of Wyatt Earp and his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. Russell stars as Earp, while Kilmer plays his friend Doc Holliday.
Kurt Russell was extensively involved in the financing and production of "Tombstone" in collaboration with the screenwriter and original director, Kevin Jarre. Shot primarily on location, the film’s producers and crew encountered several problems due to its large ensemble cast and lengthy screenplay. It portrays the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the ensuing Earp Vendetta Ride, which occurred the following year.
Russell and Jarre originally planned to cast actor Willem Defoe in the role of Holliday, but Walt Disney Studios, the film's distributor, objected. Kilmer was the second choice for the role, but critics praised his performance, which some people considered to be the highlight of the film.
Paxton and Elliott co-star in the film as Earp's brothers, Morgan and Virgil. Delaney plays Earp's love interest and later common-law wife, Josephine Marcus. The real-life Marcus arrived in Tombstone shortly after the Earp brothers, in 1881, where she first met Wyatt Earp. .