John Books an aging gunfighter goes to see a doctor he knows for a second opinion after another doctor told him he has a cancer which is terminal. The doctor confirms what the other said. He says Books has a month maybe two left. He takes a room in the boarding house and the son of the woman who runs it recognizes him and tells his mother who he is. She doesn't like his kind but when he tells her of his condition, she empathizes. Her son wants him to teach him how to use a gun. Books tries to tell him that killing is not something he wants to live with. Books, not wanting to go through the agony of dying from cancer, tries to find a quicker way to go.
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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Many of the actors were felt to be too old for their characters, especially Ron Howard
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When Books arrives in Carson City, the newspaper he buys says "Monday Morning January 22, 1901" at the top. 22 January 1901 was actually a Tuesday. See more
[Books has just had a conversation with Mike Sweeney
How do you know him?
John Bernard Books
I don't. I had some dealings with his brother Albert once.
[Books looks at her
Referenced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard
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