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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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: September 12, 2017
- Originally Released: 1976
- Label: Paramount
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|John Wayne & Lauren Bacall
|Ron Howard, Richard Lenz, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Richard Boone, Sheree North, Hugh O'Brien, James Stewart, Scatman Crothers & Bill McKinney
|Scott Hale & Miles Hood Swarthout
|M.J. Frankovich & William Self
|Director of Photography:
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Unless you have already discovered that John Wayne is an actor as well as a movie star, you will be surprised by the dimensions he provides for J.B. Books. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- This was John Wayne's last movie and it turned out to be a fitting tribute to a great talent. Full Review
[T]he film is almost eerily poignant.
THE SHOOTIST features Wayne's last, and arguably most poignant, performance.
Sight and Sound
[John Wayne] gives one of his most controlled and intelligent performances. Full Review
Gannett News Service
Rating: B+ -- John Wayne's very last film, an elegy for a dying cowboy, expresses the essence of his screen image, while borrowing elements from his own life. Full Review
Ambiguity takes the bone out of the movie and it collapses. Full Review
New York Times
John Wayne, in his last film appearance, stars as famed gunfighter J.J. Brooks. After learning from Dr. Hostetler (James Stewart) that he's dying of stomach cancer and has no more than two months to live, he moves into a boarding house in Carson City run by Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her son, Gillom (Ron Howard), to die quietly. But when word gets around that the old gunslinger is in town, curiosity seekers come out of the woodwork to get a look, and the ridiculous local marshal (Henry Morgan) contemplates a showdown with the legend. Annoyed by the attention and realizing that if he waits long enough, he'll die in great pain, Brooks decides to seek out his enemies and go down with guns blazing. Yet he works to persuade the hero-worshiping Gillom to foreswear the life of violence he's led. Director Don Siegel fashions a poignant, gracious farewell to the great star, who, like his character, was dying of cancer as the film was being shot. A stellar cast, which includes Western stalwarts such as Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, John Carradine, and Johnny Crawford, adds much to the film's resonance. As much a meditation on the burden of celebrity as an elegy for the Old West, it's most revealing in its star's final renunciation of violence.