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.
Did You Know?
had turned down The Green Berets
(1968) because she objected to the movie's (and, by extension, John Wayne
's) politics and was unsure of what to expect from Wayne on this film. She said in a 1986 interview, "What is this going to be like? Well, Wayne had been through a lot. I found him to be so open to my way of working. He was completely sweet and vulnerable--unlike every macho story you ever heard about him. When we were rehearsing, he'd hold both my hands in one of his. He would never lose conduct. Whenever I wanted to find him on the set, I'd sniff for peanut butter. He was always eating peanut butter-and-jelly crackers. And every chance he got, he's play chess with Ron Howard
. He was so different than his image--and I was so pleased to have had that opportunity." See more
During the attempted robbery of Books he shoots a shotgun laying on the ground. The shotgun flies in the opposite direction of what it should when being shot at from where Books was. See more
Pulford, J.B. Books over at Mrs. Rogers'...
Yeah, but I just heard he's dyin'.
A friend a' mine got it from Marshal Thibido himself. Ol' Books is cashin' in.
That's hard news. That's a man I coulda taken.
You have two ways of leaving this establishment, my friend. Immediately or dead.
Featured in The John Wayne Anthology
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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