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The last film of John Wayne could not have been more fitting, full of details that can't help but make one reflect upon his legacy in the movies and his life as a star. Wayne plays a career gunfighter in the autumn of his life, trying to hang up his pistols after he discovers he's dying of cancer. Boarding in the house of an attractive widow (Lauren Bacall) and her son (Ron Howard), Wayne's character opts for peace in his final days but is dogged by his reputation when a handful of killers seeks him out for a final fight. Howard is fine as a fatherless boy who needs the strong mentor the hero represents, and James Stewart--who costarred with Wayne in the great Man Who Shot Liberty Valance--plays the doctor who gives the big man the bad news. Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) thoughtfully directs a very special and sensitive production. --Tom Keogh
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I would recommend this movie strongly on the basis of its screen writing, the remarkably penetrating analysis of the characters by the actors, and its (easily misunderstood) concepts of personal responsibility and constructive pride. The fact that it involves guns has little to do with the story, although some might somehow see the entire movie as a pro-gun presentation. The story could just as easily happen to any other category of athlete, and - if one examines the spectrum of cinema - it has. But this particular story-telling spans the dimensions of healthy pride, courage, and responsibility very well.
I try and view films as complete works in and of themselves, and avoid any real life matters tied to the movie. For example, why should I care if two actors were catty to one another, if the director was able to channel that well into the final performance? Yet there's no avoiding the ties both Books and Wayne had, or the sadness it instilled in me, watching the movie come to its conclusion. A man's life, his career, a film genre, and a period of American history seemed to flow together and connect for me. While I do not share Mr. Books view on suffering a painful, slow demise, I can understand why a character such as he made his choice concerning it. That's what matters when it comes to a good drama, after all.
His desire to play this last role, and his superb supporting cast gave Wayne the creative environment to add the additional gravitas needed to make this one of his most subtle, yet complete roles. It is easy for armchair critics to be dismissive of older films, as most of them lack the depth of knowledge that lies in the last 5 decades of cinemas long reign, now clearly under threat. Given the time in which this film was made, the personal circumstances of the lead actor, and the changing nature of western films at the time, this remains an impressive film. It is impressive for its pithy realism, lack of sentimentality, and almost minimalist approach by the scriptwriters, and director. In an age where the movies were almost obliges to package films with familiar plot structures and happy endings, (or at least endings that provided comforting closure), this one was different. In his last role, Wayne broke new ground, personally as an actor, and in choosing this very different take on a genre he almost singlehandedly dominated for so long. This is fitting, as he was unafraid of anything as a man, and prepared to risk his legacy because he believed in the film so much. It is common knowledge George C Scott was preferred for the role, and we must all be grateful Wayne agitated for it til he got it. This film cements his enduring stamp on his inimitable style and stage presence.
If not out of respect for this mans legacy, than for sheer historical significance, if you love Westerns, this one must be in your collection.
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