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Death of a Gunfighter (2011)

Richard Widmark , Lena Horne , Allen Smithee  |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Widmark, Lena Horne, Carroll O'Connor, John Saxon, David Opatoshu
  • Directors: Allen Smithee
  • Writers: Joseph Calvelli
  • Producers: Richard E. Lyons
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ETALD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After 20 years of service, Marshal Frank Patch (Richard Widmark) is betrayed by the very town he worked so hard to protect in Death of a Gunfighter. The small Western town of Cottonwood Springs is changing and Patch is no longer respected by the people. After Patch kills a man in self-defense, the town leaders decide it is time to remove the Marshal from his position. Refusing to give in to their demands, the tension escalates between Patch and the people of the town leading to a violent and shocking end.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Western April 22, 2003
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I have truly enjoyed watching "Death of a Gunfighter." I bought it online, and it was a good purchase. I've always liked watching a good western, and this is one. I highly recommend this movie- especially if you don't object to the interracial love affair between Frank and Claire. I think they make a great couple, and one of the movie's highlights is their wedding. My only regret is they don't get to live happily ever after, but it's fun watching them together for the duration of the movie. They have an ease with one another on the screen, and share a good chemistry between them.

"Death of a Gunfighter" was originally named "Patch," Richard Widmark's character's last name. The name of the film was later changed. This is the story of Frank Patch, sheriff of a small town in the early 1900s. He's been sheriff for 20 years, and after several deadly shootouts, with Patch being the lone survivor, the local townspeople are fed up with his methods of law and order, and want him out of office- no matter what. His only supporters are Dan, a good, loyal young man who is like a son to him, and Claire, his girlfriend of many years, played by Lena Horne, who is breathtakingly beautiful in this film. After more deaths, and more opposition, including from Lester, brilliantly played by Carroll O' Connor, a visit from old friend Lou, played by John Saxon, who also tries to convince him to give up the job, Frank marries Claire. Watch for the big showdown that takes place after their wedding...

I really like the cast of this movie. Widmark, Horne, and O' Connor I particularly enjoy watching, each lighting up the screen. It's also refreshing seeing Lena Horne in a dramatic, non-musical role, although she does sing "Sweet Apple Wine" at the beginning, and the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Late 60's Western With A Great Cast November 7, 2006
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Death of A Gunfighter is a great example of the late 60's/ early 70's Western subgenre that overtook the genre during that time period. These films tended to be cynical in nature, and to either have as their focus anti-heroes who were nothing like the heroic, admirable heroes of traditional Westerns, or they would feature a traditional hero was found to be unfashionable or out-of-touch with modern times. These films often took place at the turn of the century when lightbulbs, automobiles and telephones were coming into fashion.

Death of A Gunfighter takes place during the turn of the century, and features a traditional virtuous Western hero in the person of veteran Western actor Richard Widmark. He plays Frank Patch, an old-style marshal in the town of Cottonwood Springs. Cottonwood Springs fancies itself as a progressive, up-and-coming town, except that is, for its outmoded law officer. When Patch has to kill a drunk gunning for him, he is asked to resign, he refuses, culminating in a spiralling sequence of events.

Widmark is great, and has a wonderful supporting cast behind him, including Lena Horne and Carroll O'Connor, and a bevy of great Western supporting actors, including Victor French, Royal Dano, Jacqueline Scott, and Morgan Woodward.

Death of A Gunfighter is a great film that typifies the times in which it was made.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Widmark Western!!!!!!! July 17, 2006
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If you like Westerns with Richard Widmark--be sure to get this one. Great color and acting. He made this movie towards the end of his career but it sure does not show in the movie. Widmark plays the sheriff of a western town battling the new age of coming cars and other future changes. Lena Horn is great as his new wife and supports him against the town counsel who says he too violent to be the sheriff anymore after 20 yrs. They pin a murder wrap on him but he fights it off in his own way. What a great actor--if you love the westerns of the 50s,60s and the 70s--get this one --too bad it is not available on DVD-hope it will be soon. Search for this movie--I found it and I was not disappointed!!! Western lovers will love it!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than the critic`s say September 27, 2011
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third universal vault series dvd we have watched,and so far it`s the best,prestine picture and very good mono sound if viewed via a new hdmi a/v amp,movie is better than the film guides or critic`s give it credit for,ok Widmark fell out with first director,and this is the first movie with the Allen Smithee name used,which hides the real man in charge,this happened to many films over the years,when a disbute arose between actors and makers.John carpenter used it once as well,but it does not show in this movie which has turned out well made,lots of well known b-movie stars in it,town against it`s marshall nothing new,but still rates as one of the better later sixes westerns,on a new LED large screen tv ie 37 inch,it is just great to look at go buy now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite Richard Widmark movie November 26, 2011
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I love Richard Widmark and thought he was underrated as an Actor but this isn't one of his better films. It starts off 'ok' with him as an aging Sheriff in a town moving rapidly into the 20th Centuray and no longer in need of his kind of Law Enforcement. And the inclusion of Lena Horn, the gorgeous light skinned African American singer, as his 'quasi-girlfriend' who wants Widmark to retire and be with her was bold casting for this 1969 production. Ninety percent of this film was fine but the ending is so horrible in my view that I can't recommend it or purchase of this film (I doubt I'll watch mine a second time). A FAR, FAR better film with similar themes is "LAWMAN" WITH Burt Lancaster, & Lee J. Cobb which is flat out great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good story
good plot, good actors/actresses, great scenery. the story came together with the typical human attitudes that want things both ways but noone wants to do the hard and dirty work.
Published 3 months ago by kenneth baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Gunfighter
I enjoyed the movie. It is a classic western and I would recommend it. It had a fairly good story and good performances by the stars.
Published 14 months ago by David Seay
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Widmark at one of his best movies
A good western classic. Richard Widmark is tough where he needs to be, good when he has to, and one good actor. You will enjoy the gunfights which doesn't look Hollywood.
Published 24 months ago by Francile Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars death of a gunfighter
richard widmark, to my mind, has never made a bad movie. but his westerns are superb. And Death of a Gunfighter is up there in the top. Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Robert Warren
1.0 out of 5 stars Death Of A Gunfighter.
Not sure why this film was made this way or why it was made period,The Women are beautiful but this movie is not A Western,The Locale might be A Western or made for a Western,The... Read more
Published on December 22, 2011 by Jose Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars B western
"Death of a Gunfighter" is a 1969 color western about the passing of the old west, and is one of the earlier "revisionist westerns". Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Dr. James Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good western, but without much depth
This is a good film, but without much depth. It is the early twentieth century. There is a car on the street of a small town whose political leaders want to develop. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by Israel Drazin
3.0 out of 5 stars better, cancel your laboral contract
Perhaps I'm wrong, but this western, externally well made with good actors, has is basement in a beginning and a fact I find an absurd. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
Partly directed by Robert Totten, partly directed by Don Siegel and finally credited to the fictitious Alan Smithee. Read more
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