The Shootist
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About ten minutes into The Shootist, Doctor Hostetler (James Stewart) tells aging Western gunfighter John Bernard Books (John Wayne), "You have a cancer." Knowing that his death will be painful and lingering, Books is determined to be shot in the line of "duty." In his remaining two months, Books settles scores with old enemies, including gambler Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) and Marshall Thibido (Harry Morgan) and reaches out to new friends, including a feisty widow (Lauren Bacall) and her hero-worshipping son (Ron Howard). Throughout the film, Books' imminent demise is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Duke's last is valiant, underplayed western."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"there is a sense of gravity to Wayne's presence on-screen that you won't find in any of his other movies"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"That rare film where a star and an audience get to say goodbye to each other."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Effective swan-song for Wayne."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A true must-own"
‑ Christopher Null,
"John Wayne's swan song is a touching tribute to the legendary star and the Western."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A fitting and melancholy farewell to The Duke."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
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