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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Curly Bill. The film keeps building up to their confrontation at Iron Springs, and it looks like it'll be prolonged right until Wyatt walks up to him and shoots him close-up, fully protected by his historical immunity to bullets the entire time.
  • Award Snub: Val Kilmer wasn't even nominated for an Oscar for his role as Doc Holiday.
  • Awesome Music: Bruce Broughton's score for this is a completely different beast to Silverado but just as fine in its own way. And how many Westerns can you name that end with a waltz?
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  • Cult Classic: The film was not a major hit at the box office, but is considered nowadays to be a fairly classic western, particularly of the 1990s.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Doc, to a degree that can't really be overstated.
  • Fountain of Memes: Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday. Pretty much everything out of the man’s mouth has become a meme. Funnily enough, the real Doc also loved him some memes. His most famous taglines ”I’m your huckleberry” and ”You’re a daisy” are contemporary pop culture references Doc was famous for trotting out whenever he thought he could get away with it.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Either this or Hilarious in Hindsight, but try to watch the film after playing Red Dead Redemption II to the end, as the film foreshadows the similar fate of 36-year-old Arthur Morgan due to tuberculosis.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Morgan Earp is shot, and then dies while surgically trying to take the bullet out. Bill Paxton, who played Morgan, died from surgical complications in February 2017 while getting open heart surgery. Made worse when Powers Boothe, who played Curly Bill, passed away only a few months later.
  • He Really Can Act: Yes, even in a cast which includes the likes of Kurt Russell, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott, Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, and many others, Val Kilmer gives a performance which outshines them all, and not by a little bit either.
    • And props to actors Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton, best known and loved for their work in the Sci Fi Ghetto (especially when the film was released), holding their own in this ludicrously-talented cast.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Bill Paxton and Powers Boothe playing enemies on opposite sides of the law is pretty amusing to fans of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where they both played bad guys. Similarly, Kurt Russell plays a good guy here and Michael Rooker plays a bad guy (at least at first). Come Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Michael Rooker still pulls a Heel–Face Turn, but Russell plays the Big Bad.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Well... bye." has since become a response to Rage Quitters and/or Sore Losers.
    • "I'm your huckleberry."
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Arguably, Ringo shooting the unarmed priest.
    • Shooting at the wives of the Earps was this for several members of the Cowboys, who promptly leave in disgust.
  • Narm:
    • "NO!" for some.
    • The scenes with Wyatt and Josephine, especially since there's quite the overbearing love overture that plays in just about all of their scenes.
  • Narm Charm: Or this for others.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Johnny Ringo getting shot was pretty scary seeing that he was still standing and struggling to walk for about 10 seconds despite it being a head shot.
    • Sherman McMaster's ultimate, gruesome fate, and face.
    • Morgan getting shot and his death scene, especially with them beforehand trying in vain to dig the bullet out of him, which doubles as Squick.


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