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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plays a widow who lost her husband to a stroke. This was something she was all too familiar with, having lost her husband Humphrey Bogart
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Books' gun is a six-shooter, but during the climactic gunfight in the Metropole Saloon, it miraculously fires 8 bullets: 1 at Cobb, 3 at Sweeney, 1 at Pulford, and finally, Gillom picks it up and fires 3 to kill the bartender. See more
Carson City Marshal Walter Thibido
To put it in a nutshell, you've plum wore us out.
John Bernard Books
Put it in a nutshell? You couldn't put it in a barrel without a bottom. You're the longest winded bastard I've ever known.
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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