John Books an aging gunfighter goes to see a doctor he knows for a second opinion after another doctor told him he has a cancer which is terminal. The doctor confirms what the other said. He says Books has a month maybe two left. He takes a room in the boarding house and the son of the woman who runs it recognizes him and tells his mother who he is. She doesn't like his kind but when he tells her of his condition, she empathizes. Her son wants him to teach him how to use a gun. Books tries to tell him that killing is not something he wants to live with. Books, not wanting to go through the agony of dying from cancer, tries to find a quicker way to go. Written by
He's got to face a gunfight once more to live up to his legend once more - TO WIN JUST ONE MORE TIME.
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There had been some opposition to the casting of John Wayne
, since the producers thought that at 68 he was too old to be believable as a gunfighter. It was producer Di Laurentiis who insisted on the casting of Wayne. See more
In the final shootout, Books fires his belly gun four times, before he drops it, and his holster gun three times. The two nearly simultaneous shots through Sweeney's table are so fast, they have to be one from each pistol. After Gillom takes the holster gun and fires it three times at the bartender, it should be empty. But as he prepares to throw the gun away, it is obvious there are still loaded rounds in at least two chambers. See more
[Books is giving Gillom a shooting lesson
Mr. Books, How is it you've killed so many men? My spread wasn't much bigger than yours.
John Bernard Books
First of all,friend, there's no one up there shooting back at you. Second, I found most men aren't willing, they bat an eye, or draw a breath before they shoot. I won't.
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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