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The Shootist
Drama, Western
 
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 compared with the decline of the West, as represented by the automobiles and streetcars that have begun to blight the main street of Books' hometown.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rated PG .
 
Cast: Ron Howard, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, John Wayne, Richard Boone
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Directed by: Don Siegel
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Running time: 1hr 39min
Opens: Aug 11, 1976 NY
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