"I'm your huckleberry." How well do you remember the movie Tombstone?

By: Gavin Thagard
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"I'm your huckleberry." How well do you remember the movie Tombstone?
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About This Quiz

Justice comes for everyone!

If Tombstone taught you anything, it's that you can't escape the law. This classic American Western film follows the actions of Wyatt Earp as he takes the law into his own hands by clashing with criminals in Tombstone and across the frontier. He's joined by his brothers and another gunman named Doc Holiday, whose sickly appearance shouldn't fool anyone; this man is deadly with a gun. They square off against a group of outlaws, calling themselves the Cowboys, a conflict that ends in bloodshed on both sides.

Most of the characters in the film were historical figures, including the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and many members of the Outlaws. Their famous duel at the O.K. Corral occurred in 1881, resulting in the death of three of the Cowboys, and further escalating the conflict. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are considered two of the greatest gunman from the Old West. Their form of justice has found its way into stories and media of all forms, as they are still seen as heroes who took the law into their own hands when there was no law to help them. 

If you believe that you're a Tombstone expert, take this quiz so that you can prove it to everyone!



Who was NOT an actor in the movie?
Kurt Russell
Val Kilmer
Tom Cruise
Tombstone turned out to be a classic Western film. This was in part thanks to the movie's strong cast - even without Tom Cruise.
Sam Elliot

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Who did Kurt Russell play?
Doc Holliday
Wyatt Earp
Kurt Russell was cast in the leading role as Wyatt Earp. Although he didn't receive any awards, Russell was praised for his performance.
Virgil Earp
"Curly Bill" Brocius

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Who played Doc Holliday?
Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer played the gunslinger, Doc Holliday. He was widely praised for his performance.
Al Pacino
Sam Shepard
Mel Gibson

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Where did the movie take place?
California
Arizona
The Earp brothers traveled to Arizona separately. After they reached Arizona, they met up and started a new life in Tombstone, Arizona.
Georgia
New York

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Why did Wyatt Earp head to Arizona?
He was running from the law
He was leaving a marriage
He wanted to travel
He was looking for silver
Wyatt Earp retired as a peace officer before moving to Arizona to find gold. He hoped to live out a peaceful life there.

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Who was NOT an Earp brother?
Wyatt
Virgil
Doc
Doc isn't an Earp, he's a Holliday. The Earp brothers are famous for their shootout at the O.K. Corral, against a group known as the Cowboys. This shootout led to a larger conflict between the two sides.
Morgan

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What disease did Doc Holliday suffer from?
Prostate cancer
Leprosy
Tuberculosis
Doc Holiday's mother died of tuberculosis when he was young. He suffered from the same disease that took her life.
Brain tumor

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What region was Doc Holliday from?
South
Doc Holliday was from Georgia, where he planned to be a dentist. However, after coming down with tuberculosis, he moved out west, hoping it would help his disease.
New England
Midwest
Southwest

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Who was Wyatt's wife when he arrived in Arizona?
Josephine Marcus
Mattie Blaylock
When Wyatt moved to Tombstone, he brought Mattie with him. However, by this point, their relationship was already deteriorating.
Betty White
Marilyn Monroe

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What was Mattie Blaylock addicted to?
Coffee
Sugar
Cocaine
Opiates
Mattie took laudanum, an opiate, for her headaches. This reliance on the medication turned into an addiction.

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Who led the Cowboys?
"Curly Bill" Brocius
Curly Bill led the Cowboys and was the antagonist to Wyatt Earp. The two men were on a collision course from the moment they first met.
Doc Holliday
Ike Clanton
Fred White

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What did the Cowboys wear around their waist?
Similar coats
A red sash
The Cowboys were identified by the red sash they wore around their waists. Of course, this helped Wyatt Earp track them down during his vengeance campaign.
Similar knives
A whiskey bottle

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Why did Marshal Fred White try to take Curly Bill's gun?
Curly Bill was wanted
The gun was stolen
Curly Bill was shooting it
While high on opium, Curly Bill started shooting his gun in the air. Marshal Fred White was forced to step in and handle the problem.
Curly Bill wasn't allowed in town

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What business did Wyatt invest in?
Prostitution
Opium House
Farm
Saloon
Wyatt Earp saw the potential of a saloon in Tombstone and decided to take over part ownership. The saloon became very successful under his guidance.

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When was Tombstone released?
1989
1993
Tombstone was released on December 24, 1993. It was one of the highest-grossing Western films of its time.
2000
1978

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Who did Wyatt throw out of the saloon?
Johnny Tyler
Johnny Tyler, played by Billy Bob Thornton, ran many of the customers out of the saloon because of his bad attitude. To help business, Wyatt Earp confronted Johnny and threw him out.
Virgil Earp
Doc Holliday
Johnny Ringo

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Who killed Marshal Fred White?
Wyatt Earp
Doc Holliday
"Curly Bill" Brocius
Marshal Fred White confronted Curly Bill when Bill started shooting his gun wildly into the air. Sadly, Curly Bill turned his gun on Fred White during the confrontation.
Ike Clanton

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What was Josephine Marcus' job?
Actress
Josephine Marcus worked as a traveling actress when her troupe came through Tombstone. There, she met Wyatt Earp and they started a relationship.
Waitress
Lawman
Prostitute

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Who became the town marshal?
Ike Clanton
Virgil Earp
Virgil Earp had trouble dealing with the lawlessness after the death of Fred White. For that reason, he became a marshal to confront the criminals in Tombstone.
Doc Holliday
Johnny Ringo

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Who directed the movie?
Martin Scorsese
Quentin Tarantino
Alfred Hitchcock
George P. Cosmatos
The original director was Kevin Jarre, who also wrote the screenplay. However, George P. Cosmatos took over not long after production started.

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Who took Curly Bill into custody?
Ike Clanton
Doc Holliday
Virgil Earp
Wyatt Earp
Curly Bill killed Fred White. Feeling a sense of duty, Wyatt Earp took Curly Bill into custody so that he would stand trial for the crime. Wyatt Earp was played by Kurt Russell.

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Why was Curly Bill found innocent?
He moved
No witnesses
Wyatt Earp made sure Curly Bill stood trial for murdering Marshal Fred White. However, no witnesses stepped forward to testify against Curly Bill.
He was actually innocent
The judge was his brother

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What did Virgil outlaw in Tombstone?
Guns
After becoming the new Marshal in Tombstone, Virgil Earp outlawed firearms in the town. This didn't go over well with the Cowboys.
Horses
Gambling
Alcohol

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Who was NOT involved in the shootout at the O.K. Corral?
Wyatt Earp
Doc Holliday
Johnny Ringo
The shootout at the O.K. Corral involved the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday on one side and a few members of the Cowboys on the other. However, Johnny Ringo was not present during the fight.
Virgil Earp

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Who tried to arrest the Earp brothers?
Johnny Behan
Usually, sheriffs tend to work on the side of the law. However, after the O.K. Corral, the Earp brothers found out that the sheriff of Tombstone, Johnny Behan, sided with the criminals.
Doc Holliday
Ike Clanton
Billy Clanton

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Which Cowboy escaped from the O.K. Corral?
Billy Clanton
Ike Clanton
Ike Clanton ran from the gunfight as his brother was shot down. He was the only Cowboy to escape with his life.
None of them
All of them

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Which Earp brother was killed by the Cowboys?
None of them
All of them
Virgil
Morgan
The Cowboys sought revenge after the events at the O.K. Corral. They went after the Earps and were able to kill Morgan Earp, which strengthened the feud between the two groups.

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Who did Wyatt kill at the train station?
Johnny Ringo
Frank Stilwell
Frank Stilwell planned on ambushing Wyatt on his way out of town, but Wyatt discovered that he was being set up. He killed Stilwell and threatened to come after the other Cowboys next.
Doc Holliday
Billy Stanton

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Whose body was sent to Wyatt as a message?
Virgil Earp
Morgan Earp
Sherman McMasters
Wyatt and his gang were pinned down due to Doc's health. During this time, Ringo sent McMasters' dead body to Wyatt and asked for a duel to settle the dispute.
Matty Blaylock

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How did Wyatt kill Curly Bill?
Shot him
Wyatt Earp and his gang got into a gunfight with the Cowboys. In an act of heroism, Earp ran into the gunfire to shoot and kill Curly Bill.
Hanged him
Strangled him
Burned him in a house

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Who challenged Wyatt to a duel?
Doc Holliday
Virgil Earp
Johnny Ringo
The feud between the Earp brothers and the Cowboys came down to Wyatt Earp and John Ringo. Since both of the men knew this, they decided to finish the fight between themselves.
Ike Clanton

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Who killed Johnny Ringo?
Wyatt Earp
Doc Holliday
Doc Holliday knew Wyatt Earp and Johnny Ringo were going to have one final duel. Holliday decided to take the place of Earp because he knew that Ringo would defeat Earp head to head.
Ike Clanton
Virgil Earp

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Who was Wyatt Earp's third wife?
Maddie Blaylock
Anne Hathaway
Gwen Stefani
Josephine Marcus
The marriage between Wyatt Earp and Maddie Blaylock crumbled due to Maddie's drug addiction. Therefore, Earp moved on to a new wife, Josephine.

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How did Doc Holliday die?
Gunshot
Tuberculosis
Doc Holliday suffered from tuberculosis for most of his adult life. Despite this, he became one of the most famous gunslingers.
Hanging
Burning

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Where did Wyatt Earp die?
Tombstone
Atlanta
Los Angeles
After Earp finished his business in Arizona, he decided to retire in Los Angeles, California. He died in Los Angeles in 1929.
New York

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