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?
was highly self-conscious of his public image, considering it unmanly to be photographed in production stills while makeup was being applied with a powder puff. He also insisted on using a particular reddish tint of makeup, which flattered his complexion but created headaches for cinematographer Bruce Surtees
. Most importantly, he insisted on toning down the profanity and more explicit references to cancer from the original novel and refused to shoot a villain in the back during a key fight scene, as these details contradicted the basic morality of his on-screen legend. See more
In the opening scene when being robbed Books throws his wallet on the ground. In the next shot the wallet is gone, and when the camera cuts to another angle it suddenly appears again. See more
[haggling over the price of Books' horse
$295... $296... $297... $298...
John Bernard Books
Two ninety - you mean I can - why Mr. Books, that makes me the bes' haggler!
John Bernard Books
Best in the world, Moses.
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Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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