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Review of The Shootist
by Fletcher
Posted on June 21st, 2021
Positive 7
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the shootist was the final film of john wayne's legendary career and it may have been the perfect note for him to end on. wayne plays j.b. books, a famous gunfighter in his final days after being diagnosed with cancer. he is faced with the dilemma of how to handle his final days as he wants to go out with dignity and on his own terms. everyone wants a piece of him and his legacy, while he doesn't want any part of that. lauren bacall and ron howard co-star as the widow he stays with and her son in characters that bear a strong resemblance to the jean arthur and brandon de wilde characters from shane. books' desire to finish his life in the same manner in which he lived parallels wayne finishing his career here with an aged version of the roles which made him a legend. the appearance of james stewart also reinforced this as wayne was playing a very similar character to his role in the man who shot liberty valance.
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