The Shootist (1976)
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This being John Wayne's final film gives it an extra dimension of being about John as well as the character. I wonder if he deliberately chose this film to be his last when he would have known his own life was drawing to a close. There's even a mini homage to him at the start of the film.
It feels sort of cold at some points but it's a fitting tribute to the Duke. The opening intro tries to crank up the nostalgia and I think succeeds especially if you have seen a bunch of his other movies (more so if you know all the ones shown.) The ending feels a little anti-climatic but I think only because we are so used to massive dramatic finishes from characters/actors. It's subdued and quiet with a quick nod from Wayne as if to say "it's time for me to go now, it's been fun."
Not John Wayne's best but certainly his most intimate and personal. Goodbye, Duke. Thanks for the memories.
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This movie ranks #36 in Western
This movie ranks #81 in 100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #353 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #492 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #620 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #792 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made