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5 November 1989 (USA) See more »
A retrospective on the life and career of actor Gary Cooper, includes memorial scenes from his best films. Narrated by Clint Eastwood. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Clint Eastwood ... Host

Gary Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)

Ernest Hemingway ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandra Shaw ... Herself (archive footage) (as Rocky Cooper)

James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Richard Schickel 
Writing credits
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Richard Schickel  writer

Produced by
Carol Rubinstein .... producer
Richard Schickel .... producer
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
Cinematography by
David Myers 
Film Editing by
Murray Jordan 
Sound Department
Paul Schremp .... audio mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay M. Huntoon .... videotape operator
Editorial Department
Michael Kelly .... on-line editor
Other crew
Mia K. Boyle .... production assistant
Maria Cooper .... consultant
Marvin Eisenman .... researcher
Howard Green .... researcher
Richard Brooks .... acknowledgment
Georgia Cooper Burton .... acknowledgment
David Douglas Duncan .... acknowledgment
Marie Rugiero .... acknowledgment
Sandra Shaw .... acknowledgment (as Mrs. Gary Cooper)
James Stewart .... acknowledgment

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47 min
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Decent Doc, 17 May 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Gary Cooper: American Life, American Legend (1991)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Clint Eastwood narrates this documentary that takes a look at the career of legend Gary Cooper. Calling this a documentary is a little unfair as the only person talking is Eastwood and he only casually drops in to say a few lines. The rest of the film pretty much just shows us clips from all his movies including WINGS, PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, SERGENT YORK, HIGH NOON and many other classics. There's really two ways to look at this and one is that if you haven't seen any of Cooper's great films then you should enjoy what you see here enough to where you'd want to go out and buy the films. On the other hand, if you've seen these movies already then you really don't learn too much. The only personal stuff really talked about is Cooper's disastrous affair with Patricia Neal and how he changed his life before his death. The Honorary Oscar award, which was accepted by James Stewart, is shown here and was quite touching. That footage makes this documentary worth sitting through, although a more complete one is certainly needed.

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