The Shootist
The Shootist (1976)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 20, 1976
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Duke's last is valiant, underplayed western.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

there is a sense of gravity to Wayne's presence on-screen that you won't find in any of his other movies

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

That rare film where a star and an audience get to say goodbye to each other.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Effective swan-song for Wayne.

Christopher Null

A true must-own

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Wayne's swan song is a touching tribute to the legendary star and the Western.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

A fitting and melancholy farewell to The Duke.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Shootist is a terrific Western starring the legendary John Wayne. The film was to be The Duke's final film role. The plot is about a hired that is… More
Michael Gildea
The idea of John Wayne's last movie being about a dying gunfighter is not only incredibly fitting but even when faced with the obvious ending that's… More
Kevin M. Williams
A touching film, heartfelt, as the Duke makes his final bow and he's fully aware that with him goes an era, the good and the bad. Here to say farewell are… More
Chris Garman
The Shootist represents John Wayne's swan song, the final film where the legend that is John Wayne appeared on the screen. The film follows the final days… More
Randy Tippy
There is something to be said about an old legend dying of cancer playing an old legend dying of cancer.
Tom Ericksen
this is one of John's best -- It was also his last -- Very well done