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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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Storyline

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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John Bernard Books: Damn.
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
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A ( Late ) Discovery
28 November 2004 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

I have always admired John Wayne, the man the actor, his politics, films and the rest. However I did not know about this film ! I discovered it on a DVD recently and bought it straight off. I was certainly not disappointed. Sound and vision had been restored and the picture quality was awesome, as though it had been made yesterday. The theme music was both haunting and catching ! But above all the ACTING in this film was really FIRST RATE ! One of his best performances but also an EXCELLENT performance from Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard.

Although I knew JW was taken off to heaven by cancer, I read that he actually was in its throes when the film was made. Whether this is true or just legendary, I don't know but it's pretty ironic all the same !! The film is sad, funny, tender, witty, beautiful all in one go. Some of the dialogues are just out of this world. I was so happy to have discovered it. It's less a typical western than a man's reflection upon the end of his life.

To me, John Wayne will always represent what true American values are all about, and this film, on all levels is the most fitting end to his career that anyone could have dreamed of.


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