• The Shootist (2002)

The Shootist

Release Date: August 9th, 2002

DVD Release Date: July 24th, 2001

PG |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

J.B. Books (John Wayne, in his final film role) is an aging gunfighter diagnosed with cancer who comes to Nevada at the turn of the 20th century. Renting a room from widowed Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her son Gillom (Ron Howard), Books is confronted by several people of questionable motives, including a man seeking to avenge his brother's death and a few who are looking to profit from Books' notoriety. Not wanting to die a quiet, painful death, Books devises a plan to go out with a bang.

Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, James Stewart, Ron Howard, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Harry Morgan, Rick Lenz

Director: Don Siegel

Genres: Western

Production Co: Dino De Laurentiis Productions

Keywords: Gritty, Rivalry, Death, Quest, Son, Moving, Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Telegraph

    The Shootist is a fitting memorial to a great star – and leaves his image indelibly fixed on our imagination. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The cast is excellent because it understands the material, and sympathizes with it: James Stewart, as the doctor, and Lauren Bacall, as the widow, play scenes with Wayne that absolutely make us forget we're watching a movie. show more

  • 80
    William ThomasEmpire

    The Duke's last hurrah is one of the very best of a cycle of 70s movies that served as obituaries for the Western itself. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com


Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Art Direction