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Last Man Standing (1996)

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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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In a town with no justice, there is only one law... Every man for himself. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gundown  »

Box Office


$67,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elmer Bernstein was originally hired to compose the music but he was fired by director Walter Hill, after writing half of the score, on the basis that it wasn't what he was looking for. See more »


The first time John Smith puts on his holster and pistols, the grip frames are pointing behind him. This would make it very difficult for him to pull the weapons in a timely manner when needed. However, when the time comes minutes later for him to pull the weapons, the grips are facing in the appropriate position for a quick draw and shoot. See more »


[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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References Wild Bill (1995) See more »


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Great Gangster Action Movie and Actors/Characters
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed Bruce Willis's character and the supporting cast chosen noting Walken(Hickey)and Kelly(Doyle). They really made the characters interesting to the audience and they deserve much credit for doing such a good job in this older film. I have seen many of Willis's movies and say this one is underrated and unique. In addition, it was well written with many twists to the plot, keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you are an action movie shoot them up fan, like gangster type movies and appreciate the older scenery of the pre 1930's. I would recommend this movie highly. Kudos to those who made this movie as I rate it as one of my all time favorites.

Nick Milone

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