The Shootist

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 : None

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