Last Man Standing (1996) Poster


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This movie, like A Fistful of Dollars (1964), is a retelling of the story in Yojimbo the Bodyguard (1961), which is itself based on Dashiell Hammett's 1927 novel "Red Harvest".
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.
James Remar was Walter Hill's original choice for the role of Hickey, but the studio chose Christopher Walken for the part.
The weapon of choice for John Smith (Bruce Willis) is the government model Colt 1911 A1 45 Automatic of which he carries a brace in a double shoulder holster rig. In one scene it is evident that he also carries upwards of 25 spare 7 round magazines for his pistols.
The car driven into Jericho, Texas by John Smith (Bruce Willis) and damaged by Doyle's henchmen is a 1928 Ford Model A, Coupe.
Titles considered during post-production were "Gundown" and "Jericho".


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Joe Monday shoots Doyle with a circa 1848 Colt Walker black powder revolver. The .44 caliber Walker was the most powerful handgun made, until the advent of the Smith & Wesson .357 magnum in 1935.
Just before the penultimate shoot-out, John returns to the hotel. The short scene starts with a shot of a framed photograph hanging on a wall and then tracks to the outside. The photograph is of Wild Bill Hickock.
Originally, Smith's confrontation with Doyle and Hickey was going to take place in front of the Alamo Hotel (where Smith hangs a tommy gun off of the machete on the post). Smith was going to shoot Doyle in the crotch (as revenge for raping and enslaving Felina) and then blow his brains out. He would then slowly shoot down Hickey. A portion of this scene is included in the theatrical trailer which shows Hickey clutching his tommy gun and staggering as he croaks, "I'll see you in hell."

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