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Tombstone - What a Shotgun
Watch all through the shootout at the O.K. Corral.
Doc Holiday gets the "street howitzer", which we all know is a double-barrel shotgun. Once the gunfight starts, he fires one round in the air then procedes to shoot two men. Three rounds without reloading is impressive. Also, Earp's peacemakers are suspect, but I haven't been able to clearly count them.
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CoronaGuy writes:
A little history lesson is required here...the legend of Doc Holiday assisting the Earp brothers at the OK Corral has always been told with Doc mysteriously firing 3 rounds from a double barrel shotgun. This was not screenplay mistake, but the preservation of a well told story.
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The Caj writes:
I chalk this up to lousy editing. He fires the first round into the air to spook the horse the man is hiding behind. The horse rears up and Doc dodges to the side for a shot at the guy. Immediately after that, they have put in the exact same sequence of Doc dodging to the side and firing except from a different angle. The overall effect is that it looks like he's firing three times. BUT, when he drops the shotgun and then does his impression of Chow Yun Fat, firing both pistols, his ammo capacity is amazing!
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Flash writes:
During shoot-out scenes it is not unusual for a film to have multiple angles of the same shots being fired in the same edited scene. It can give a clearer picture of how each participant acts and reacts to a fast paced scene.
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EricKoch writes:
I too was unable to count the exact number of shots fired by the Earps. However, when Doc makes his impressive straffing/shooting move across the side of the photo gallery where Ike has holed up, he fires his six shooters at least fifteen times. Another suspect scene involved Curly Bill as he leaves the opium den. He fires his own six-shooters an amazing 17 times and still has a round to put into the Marshall.
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