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Last Man Standing (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  20 September 1996 (USA)
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A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

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Storyline

John Smith is an amoral gunslinger in the days of Prohibition. On the lam from his latest (unspecified) exploits, he happens upon the town of Jericho, Texas. Actually, calling Jericho a town would be too generous--it has become more like a ghost town, since two warring gangs have 'driven off all the decent folk.' Smith sees this as an opportunity to play both sides off against each other, earning himself a nice piece of change as a hired gun. Despite his strictly avowed mercenary intentions, he finds himself risking his life for his, albeit skewed, sense of honor.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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If you lived in this town, you'd be dead by now. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Gundown  »

Box Office

Budget:

$67,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,010,331 (USA) (20 September 1996)

Gross:

$18,127,448 (USA) (20 December 1996)
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Trivia

Walter Hill's original cut of the movie was over two hours long. Before Hill edited the final theatrical version his rough cut was used to edit the trailers for the movie, which is why there is lot of alternate/deleted footage shown in them, including many alternate takes, different edits of some scenes, extended versions of scenes, some extra lines of dialogue, shots and parts of deleted scenes including additional shootout sequence between two gangs and alternate ending in which Hickey is killed by Smith in different way. Some promotional stills and pictures also show several deleted scenes. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, after ordering a whiskey, John Smith (Bruce Willis) is eating from a bowl. The bowl was not visible before hand on the bar, and Joe Monday (William Sanderson) did not fill a bowl from the stove behind the bar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Smith: It's a funny thing. No matter how low you sink there's still a right and wrong. You always end up choosing. You go one way so you can try to live with yourself. You go the other, you'd still be walkin' around, but you're dead and you don't even know it.
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Referenced in I'm in the Band: Last Weasel Standing (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

How Long, How Long Blues
Written by Leroy Carr
Performed by Ry Cooder
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I loved this movie from the first time I saw it.
19 December 2004 | by (Annalong, N. Ireland) – See all my reviews

I've become a big fan of Walter Hill's movies and this one is as good as ever. It's not a particularly cheery film, but it's still enjoyable. Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken are both terrific in their roles. Walken plays as good a bad guy as ever, and Willis is good as the ambiguous lead character.

The gun battles are staged excellently and the music by Ry Cooder works very well with the picture. It's very much a guy film, though. There are only two women who play big parts in the film, but they don't appear very often.

I give LMS 7/10. It's a moody piece but enjoyable.


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