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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Many of the actors were felt to be too old for their characters, especially Ron Howard
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After Books and Gillom practice shooting at a tree, they go for a walk. Gillom pulls out a whiskey bottle. In the cut just before Books takes the bottle from Gillom's hand, the bottle position changes from Gillom's left hand to his right hand. The level of the whiskey in the bottle changes as it is handed back and forth between Gillom and Books. See more
[Books has just had a confrontation with Mike Sweeney
Do you know that man?
John Bernard Books
Not him personally; but I had some dealings with his brother, Albert.
What kind of dealings?
[Books looks at her
Features Red River
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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