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The Shootist (1976)

A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.

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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. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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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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20 August 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Scharfschütze  »

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$5,987,000 (USA)
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John Wayne was pessimistic about the film's chances, admitting his name was no longer enough to guarantee a movie's success. See more »

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When Books shoots Cobb in the final scene in the bar, Cobb's blood pack is clearly visible beneath his shirt. See more »

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Pulford confidante: Pulford, J.B. Books over at Mrs. Rogers'...
Jack Pulford:
  • is yesterday's news.

Pulford confidante: Yeah, but I just heard he's dyin'.
Jack Pulford: Dyin'?
Pulford confidante: A friend a' mine got it from Marshal Thibido himself. Ol' Books is cashin' in.
Jack Pulford: That's hard news. That's a man I coulda taken.
Gambler: [laughs] My ass.
Jack Pulford: You have two ways of leaving this establishment, my friend. Immediately or dead.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Maple Leaf Rag
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Music by Scott Joplin
[Portion whistled by Ron Howard]
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Another John Wayne masterpiece!
17 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The legendary John Wayne gives a fantastic understated performance as J.B. Books an aging gunfighter suffering from stomach cancer and looking to live out the final days of his life in peace. Of course, the entire existence of the gunfighter is predicated on the inevitability that once you reach top there is always going to be someone looking to knock you off your pedestal. Here that means J.B.'s retirement won't be so peaceful. Besides this plot point, there is the mature twilight romance between J.B. and Bond (Lauren Bacall) and his mentor relationship with Gillom (Ron Howard). James Stewart (who co-starred with Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) puts in a cameo as J.B.'s physician. Recommended.


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