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The Shootist (1976)

 -  Drama | Western  -  20 August 1976 (USA)
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A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

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Beckum
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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 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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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20 August 1976 (USA)  »

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Der Scharfschütze  »

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$5,987,000 (USA)
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George C. Scott was originally offered the role of Books, and accepted it on the condition that not one word of the script be changed. However, the role was given to John Wayne after he expressed interest. The producers claim they had wanted him all along, but did not believe he would be interested in the film. See more »

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In the final shoot-out the mirror behind the bar is real at the beginning and up to the first shot when it shatters. Thereafter it is replaced by something which is obviously not mirror glass and which punctures rather than shatters. See more »

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Bond Rogers: Where are you from, Mr. Hickock?
John Bernard Books: Abilene, Texas
Bond Rogers: And what do you do there?
John Bernard Books: United States Marshall
Bond Rogers: That's nice.
John Bernard Books: No it isn't.
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Maple Leaf Rag
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Music by Scott Joplin
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Don Siegel crafted a milestone along the trail to the last sunset with "The Shootist"...

"The Shootist" begins with clips from Wayne's previous pictures: "Hondo," "Rio Bravo," "El Dorado" etc...

Wayne portrays J. B. Books, the most famous lawman in the West who killed thirty men in his life... Books arrives to Carson City in 1901, the day Queen Victoria died in England...

Wayne went first to get a medical diagnosis known to everyone as cancer.

Dr. Hostetler (James Stewart) was too practical... He gives Book the most potent pain-killer he gets, and tells him where to stay in town...

The film is build to one and only purpose: To let Wayne die with dignity, without physical pain, at the Metropole gambling saloon, in a showdown with three heavies: Richard Boone, a bad-tempered ugly man who wants to avenge his brother's death; Hugh O'Brien, a skilled dealer and a presumptuous gunfighter; and Bill McKinney, an unpleasant provoking gunman just released from prison...

Ron Howard plays the crude graceless adolescent, the first to meet Wayne in the street: 'The old man ain't worth a bullet,' he says, 'he looks all tuckered out.' In this particular scene, it comes to my mind the insolent young punk, Skip Homeir, who tries to prove something when he confronts Gregory Peck in the psychological Western "The Gunfighter."

Wayne seems surprised by the visit of Serepta (Sheree North), an unscrupulous aging lady-love who tries to take advantage of him, asking him to marry her simply for a marriage certificate, and a famous name... She surely was not the woman of quality, the good prostitute (Claire Trevor) in "Stagecoach."

John Carradine, who plays the mysterious passenger, also in "Stagecoach," makes a brief appearance as the undertaker...

Tying to overcome his bloody past, John Wayne shows, in the film, the other side of the 'Shootist,' his human side... We find him pleasantly amusing when he reveals to Stewart the truth about the red fancy cushion he carries in the film...

Filmed in Carson City, Nevada, and with a fine supporting cast, this untraditional motion picture is a lyrical elegiac Western of the highest quality, a moving tribute to a legendary actor and a tender farewell to a Super Star...


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