The Making of Tombstone

Behind the Scenes of the Classic Modern Western


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About the Book

The day-by-day inside story of the making of Tombstone (1993) as told to the author by those who were there—actors, extras, crew members, Buckaroos, historians and everyone in between. Historical context that inspired Kevin Jarre’s screenplay is included. Production designers, cameramen, costume designers, composers, illustrators, screenwriter, journalists, set dressers, prop masters, medics, stuntmen and many others share their recollections—many never-before-told—of filming this epic Western.

About the Author(s)

Retired automotive executive John Farkis, is an historian and lifelong fan of the cinema. His work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and on NPR and other radio programs. He lives in South Lyon, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

John Farkis

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 258
Bibliographic Info: 67 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7586-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3503-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Prologue 3
One • Discovery and Creation 7
Two • Only the Beginning 31
Three • Here We Go! 54
Four • Lights! Camera! Action! What? 87
Five • Culture Shock 119
Six • Back and Forth and Back Again 156
Seven • “That’s a Wrap!” 197
Appendix: Tombstone 25th Anniversary Celebration 217
Chapter Notes 228
Bibliography 236
Index 245

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Totally engrossing, hard to put down! The absolute behind the scenes depth of this book is more than amazing. I cannot hold John’s book in higher regard. Not to be missed!”—Western Clippings.