The Shootist

Streaming video - 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 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 feisty widow Lauren Bacall... and her hero-worshipping son Ron Howard). In the end, is shot to death, but in so doing he is able to dissuade another from following his blood-stained example. Throughout the film, Book's imminent demise is compared with the decline of the west, as represented by the automobiles and streetcars that have begun to blight the main street of Wayne's home town. It is unknown if John Wayne was aware that he was dying of cancer when he agreed to film THE SHOOTIST; whatever the case, the film is a powerful valedictory to a remarkable man and a fabulous career.

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Genres
Feature films
Online Access
A Kanopy streaming video
Cover Image
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Paramount Pictures 1976.
2021.
Language
English
Item Description
Title from title frames.
Film
In Process Record.
Physical Description
1 online resource (streaming video file) (99 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Other Authors
Don Siegel (film director), John Wayne (actor), Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard