John Bernard Books, a gunfighter approaching his 58th birthday, finds that he has rectal cancer and two months to live. He takes a room with Bond Rogers and her son, Gillom, to wait until death comes. Of course, his very presence starts off events in the town. The Marshal comes, prepared to die in a shootout, Gillom tries to idolize him, Bond first is disgusted and then pities him. Then, realizing that he will die in great pain, he comes up with an idea to go out with a bang. Written by
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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?
In the opening street scene, utility poles are shown, along with wires on the crossarms. City Marshal Thibido confirms that Carson City has electricity and power. The Rogers house has both. But in all subsequent street scenes, there are no utility poles or wires. See more
In the final shooting when the bartender shoots Mr. Books, the squib detonation wires are visible on the ground and leading up each man's leg. 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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