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?
George C. Scott
was originally offered the role of Books, and accepted it on the condition that not one word of the script be changed. However, the role was given to John Wayne
after he expressed interest. The producers claim they had wanted him all along, but did not believe he would be interested in the film. See more
In the movie, a trolley car is seen (and used) several times. In each scene the street name of the car changes, yet the car number itself is always '16'. See more
John Bernard Books
[putting his gun to Dobkins's mouth
Make like that's a nipple.
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
] See more