The Shootist opens with a quick-draw, greatest-hits montage from John Wayne’s 45-year career starring in Westerns. What follows – appropriately – is the Duke’s final film appearance, as the aging gunslinger J.B. Books. Past his prime, Books retires to a Carson City boarding house to live out his final days quietly, but the locals have other plans for him.
Director: Don Siegel
Screenplay by: Miles Hood Swarthout, Scott Hale
Starring: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, Harry Morgan, Richard Boone, Ron Howard
Major nominations on original release : NoneSee all nominees