After the long career of lawman that made him a legend, Wyatt Earp deciedes to quit and join his brothers in Tombstone, Arizona. There he would see them in feud with Clantons, local clan of thugs and cattle thieves. When the showdown becomes inevitable, the help will come from Doc Holliday, terminally-ill gambler who happens to be another Wild West legend. —IMDb
One of Hollywood’s top action directors of the late 1950s and 1960s, John Sturges, for a time, was a name associated almost exclusively with large-scale action-adventure films. A one-time assistant in RKO’s blueprint department, Sturges spent most of his early career in the studio’s art department and editing room (an especially productive department, where directors Robert Wise and Mark Robson also got their starts), before joining David O. Selznick as a production assistant and later as an editor. He became a director in the U.S. Army Air Force, making documentary and training films, including Thunderbolt, in collaboration with veteran director William Wyler. He returned to Hollywood as a director and, for a time, made successful if fairly undistinguished films (mostly action or suspense) until 1954, when he took on Bad Day at Black Rock. Sturges, who had shown a knack for working with the increasingly difficult Spencer Tracy (in The People Against O’Hara), coaxed a great performance… read more
A movie about the loss of innocence of one man and the bitterness of another. The first is a lawman. The second is a killer. They become best friends because they are the same: there''s just a tin star in-between. In the end, after the killing of two innocent boys, the tin star is thrown over a corpse. Wyatt Earp rides into the sunset and Doc Holliday faces his sickness: yet, they are already dead inside.
There's more life in any of this picture's shots than in all the shots of Ozu's "An Autumn Afternoon". I'm making this comparison because Sturges is a very unknown director and Ozu is so much famous (also, I watched "An Autumn Afternoon" recently and didn't like it). I really don't understand all that bullshit about Ozu's static shots: Sturge's shots, static or not, are as beautiful and true as shots can be.