THE SHOOTIST (Theatrical Release USA 1976)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

The Shootist—
John Wayne’s final film—is as good as it gets for western film. It’s classic John Wayne and a final farewell gift to all his fans. Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard support Wayne in this story. Both actress and actor are beyond reproach. Look for Jimmy Stewart, Richard Boone, Harry Morgan, and John Carradine in this fabulous send off.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


J.B. Books (John Wayne) rents a Carson City, Nevada boarding house room as a place to die.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Don Siegel for directing effort. Thank you to Producers M.J. Frankovich and William Self for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall), Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard), Dr. Hostetler (James Stewart), Sweeney (Richard Boone), Pulford (Hugh O’Brian), Cobb (Bill McKinney), Marshall Thibido (Harry Morgan), Beckum (John Carradine), Serepta (Sheree North), Dobkins (Rick Lenz), Moses (Scatman Crothers), and Burly Man (Gregg Palmer).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. It’s a classic and ‘not to be missed’ film for all western and possibly non-western film fans. Director Don Siegel did an outstanding job in moving this film along toward a terrific conclusion.

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