‘THE SHOOTIST’ 1976.
Directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry), this was John Wayne’s last film, and - I believe - one of the finest Westerns ever made.
The ‘Duke’ plays an ageing gunfighter, who is diagnosed with Cancer, but decides to go out in style.
I saw this, at the cinema, in 1976, and, even then, I found it to be a poignant, heart-felt film…even more poignant when you realise that, in real life, John Wayne was really struggling with Cancer.
With a film score by the ever-excellent, Elmer Bernstein; and a cast of Hollywood stalwarts such as James Stewart, Richard Boone, Lauren Bacall, Henry Morgan, the late (only last year) Hugh O’Brien, Scatman Crowthers, and an early film appearance from Ron Howard, this film has never failed to induce anything but strong emotions within myself.
It’s a beauty…