Let’s talk Tombstone and the not so wild west. What else is wrong about the opening narration by Robert Mitchum? Kurt Russell is a libertarian! Anybody catch the “Equal Pay for Equal Work” signage? Disequlibrium of violence (bad guys kill, no big deal; good guy kills one and is all sentimental – at first). Great quotes in this movie – an example of “parts greater than the whole” movie.
Our friend Kenny the Wizard from the Wizardly Wisdom Podcast and LibertarianNerds.com joins us for a raucous and weaving discussion about many things related to (and not even related) to this now classic Western.
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We were featured on Kenny’s show a few months back, here is our post on that:
And now some background on Tombstone from the Googs:
Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell) and his brothers, Morgan (Bill Paxton) and Virgil (Sam Elliott), have left their gunslinger ways behind them to settle down and start a business in the town of Tombstone, Ariz. While they aren’t looking to find trouble, trouble soon finds them when they become targets of the ruthless Cowboy gang. Now, together with Wyatt’s best friend, Doc Holliday (Val Kilmer), the brothers pick up their guns once more to restore order to a lawless land.
A sizzling, star-studded cast brings to life the legendary battle to deliver justice to TOMBSTONE! Kurt Russell turns in a gripping performance as U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer ignites the screen as the outrageous Doc Holliday. Together, they team up to bring law to the lawless in a notorious showdown with the ruthless outlaws at the O.K. Corral! Get ready for an explosive, action-packed adventure the Wild West would never forget!
Here is a compilation of the “Best Scenes”:
A list and a video of the great quotes in the movie:
As we mention the West wasn’t nearly as violent as the movies make it out to be, here is an article that sets the record straight:
Kurt Russell being the man on gun control:
Reminds me of this passage by Chodorov from the essay, I Watch Westerns:
Speaking of quotes, there are over 400 now listed at:
And here is the Walter Block quote on sexual harassment that we mentioned on the show:
We also brought up Dirty Harry dealing with the “gender” issues as far back as then 1970’s, being very prophetic to things going on decades later:
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