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Story

The last film of John Wayne could not have been more fitting, full of details that can't help but make one reflect upon his legacy in the movies and his life as a star. Wayne plays a career gunfighter in the autumn of his life, trying to hang up his pistols after he discovers he's dying of cancer. Boarding in the house of an attractive widow (Lauren Bacall) and her son (Ron Howard), Wayne's character opts for peace in his final days but is dogged by his reputation when a handful of killers seeks him out for a final fight. Howard is fine as a fatherless boy who needs the strong mentor the hero represents, and James Stewart--who costarred with Wayne in the great Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--plays the doctor who gives the big man the bad news. Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) thoughtfully directs a very special and sensitive production. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Exclusive cast and crew interviews with Hugh O'Brian, writer Miles Swarthout and producer Bill Self

Cast

John WayneJ.B.Books aka John Bernard Books
Ron HowardGillom Rogers
James StewartDr. E.W. Hostetler
John CarradineHezekiah Beckum (undertaker)
Richard BooneMike Sweeney
Lauren BacallBond Rogers
Scatman CrothersMoses Brown (liveryman)
Ron HowardGillom Rogers
Hugh O'BrianJack Pulford (faro dealer at Metropole Saloon)
Bill McKinneyJay Cobb (owner, Cob's Creamery)
Harry MorganCarson City Marshal Walter Thibido
Sheree NorthSerepta (Books' ex-girlfriend)
Rick LenzDan Dobkins (reporter, 'Morning Appeal')
Gregg PalmerBurly man
Alfred DennisBarber
Dick WinslowStreetcar driver

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Don Siegel
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 100
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 20, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 24, 2001
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