Sunday, 2 October 2011

The Shootist (1976)

The Shootist,1976,USA
Director: Don Siegel
Stars: John Wayne,Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard

The final film in one of the most legendary careers of all of film.With "The Shootist" Director Don Siegel has provided a fitting finally to John Wayne's amazing career.The film is about a dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity.John Wayne was diagnosed with cancer during the 60's and was declared cancer free in 1969,For those reasons i couldn't think of a better way for Wayne to say good bye. The Shootist is a great and emotional film, especially if your a Wayne fan,Wayne gives a great performance alongside a terrific supporting cast including Lauren Bacall,Ron Howard and the Legendary Jimmy Stewart.The film is full of touching and heartfelt scenes along with some classic John Wayne shoot outs.John Wayne's cancer returned three years after the films release.Overall with The Shootist Director Don Siegel has sent off John Wayne in the most respectful way possible,giving the audience a chance to say good bye to a legend and giving us an unforgettable film to rank alongside other Wayne classics such as "The Searchers","True Grit" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

Tom: 3.5/4

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