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The Shootist (1976)

 -  Drama | Western  -  20 August 1976 (USA)
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A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

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Cobb
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Marshall Thibido
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Beckum
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Dobkins (as Richard Lenz)
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Burly Man
Alfred Dennis ...
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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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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.

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Drama | Western

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20 August 1976 (USA)  »

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$5,987,000 (USA)
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Trivia

There had been some opposition to the casting of John Wayne, since the producers thought that at 68 he was too old to be believable as a gunfighter. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Pulford confidante: Pulford, J.B. Books over at Mrs. Rogers'...
Jack Pulford:
  • is yesterday's news.

Pulford confidante: Yeah, but I just heard he's dyin'.
Jack Pulford: Dyin'?
Pulford confidante: A friend a' mine got it from Marshal Thibido himself. Ol' Books is cashin' in.
Jack Pulford: That's hard news. That's a man I coulda taken.
Gambler: [laughs] My ass.
Jack Pulford: You have two ways of leaving this establishment, my friend. Immediately or dead.
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Willow, Tit Willow
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Performed by John Wayne & Lauren Bacall
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The Duke says Goodbye.
21 December 2004 | by (the Greater Southwest) – See all my reviews

All of the credit in the world goes to John Wayne for making this film. Here you have the biggest star in Hollywood history, making a film that symbolizes his life. You have an aging actor, whose best days were past him, portraying an aging gunfighter, whose best days were behind him. You have a character trying to fit into a world that had changed too much. Much like Wayne was trying to fit into a changing America. Lastly, you had a character, dying of cancer, trying to accomplish one last thing. Wayne, who was also dying of cancer, like the character, was trying to accomplish one last thing, a great film. To me, this film is special, because you are seeing in real life, a dying icon make his farewell. Like the character JB Books, Wayne was trying to put a brave face on his final days. He was vulnerable and uncertain about what awaited him, but he sought to accomplish one last goal. I don't care if you like Wayne or not, but how someone could not be emotionally effected by seeing this legend on screen for his last time, well, I feel sorry for you. This film is very special to me.


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