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Encyclopedia > The Shootist
The Shootist

Original theatrical poster
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by M.J. Frankovich
William Self
Written by Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Scott Hale
Miles Hood Swarthout
Starring John Wayne
Lauren Bacall
Ron Howard
James Stewart
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 11, 1976 (USA)
Running time 100 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

The Shootist is a novel written by Glendon Swarthout, published in 1975. Image File history File links Shootist_movie_poster. ... Don Siegel (October 26, 1912 - April 20, 1991) was an influential American film director. ... Glendon Swarthout Glendon Fred Swarthout (1918–1992) was an American author and novelist who wrote a great variety of books. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor, film director, and producer. ... Brigadier General James Maitland Jimmy Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... August 11 is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Glendon Swarthout Glendon Fred Swarthout (1918–1992) was an American author and novelist who wrote a great variety of books. ... See also: 1974 in literature, other events of 1975, 1976 in literature, list of years in literature. ...


It was made into a 1976 Western film which marked the final film role of John Wayne, with Scott Hale and Miles Hood Swarthout, son of the author, writing the screenplay. // Events March 22 - Filming begins on George Lucas Star Wars science fiction film. ... Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery The Western is one of the classic American literary and film genres. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ...

Contents

Plot

The Shootist tells the story of John Bernard (J.B.) Books (John Wayne), an aging gunfighter, the most celebrated "shootist" extant, who is struggling with terminal prostate cancer. Arriving in El Paso, Texas (film: Carson City, Nevada) in 1901, Books first seeks the second opinion of an old friend, and doctor, Doc E. W. Hostetler (Jimmy Stewart). Once Hostetler confirms the presence of this disease, Books rents a room from the widow 'Bond' ("thats a crackerjack of a name") Rogers (Lauren Bacall), and her son Gillom Rogers (Ron Howard). Books' presence in town is soon known to most, and the news soon spreads by telegraph throughout the country. This results in the arrival of troublemakers to lure Books back to his past. Not only does he have to deal with his inevitable death, but he has to deal with the vultures who come to profit from both his life and his death. John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Categories: Stock characters | Stub ... It has been suggested that Cancerous tumor be merged into this article or section. ... A panoramic view of El Paso, Texas from the north. ... Motto: Proud of its Past. ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Wednesday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... Jimmy Stewart, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1934 James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American film actor beloved for his persona as an average guy who faces adversity and tries to do the right thing, an image which was largely reflected in his own... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor, film director, and producer. ...


Books has never had trouble facing death in other men, but now struggles with the fact that death is calling on him.


Background

The character of J.B. Books serves to parallel the dying days of John Wayne, who died from stomach cancer three years after filming ended. The film was his last movie, and the knowledge of Wayne's health during the filming leads to a lot of interesting imagery as the film progresses. Lauren Bacall had watched Humphrey Bogart go through the same thing, and because of her scenes with Wayne, she was especially in touch with the parallels. Stomach cancer (also called gastric cancer) can develop in any part of the stomach and may spread throughout the stomach and to other organs, particularly the esophagus, small intestine. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ...


At the time the movie rights were purchased, John Wayne was not seriously considered for the role, due to questions about his health and his ability to complete the filming. The producers wanted George C. Scott instead, but Wayne actively campaigned for the role and made the completion of filming a personal mission. John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... George C Scott as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubricks George Campbell Scott (October 18, 1927 – September 22, 1999) was a film/stage actor, director, and producer. ...


The film was filmed on location in Malibu, California and at studios in Burbank, California. Besides changing the location from El Paso to Carson City, and having Dollor written in, Wayne also changed the ending of the screenplay. Books was supposed to shoot Pulford in the back, and then Gillom shoot Books. Wayne said he never "shot anyone in the back", and didn't want the young Gillom killing him. They changed the film to have him shoot Pulford in the head, the bartender kill Books, and Gillom kill the bartender. Founded May 1, 1887 Incorporated July 8, 1911 General Information County Los Angeles County, California Latitude Longitude 34°1049 N 118°1942 W Area  - Total  - Water 45 km² (17. ...


The horse in the final scene of True Grit would ride with Wayne through several westerns, including this, his final movie. Dollor, or "ole Dollor" would even get in the script, at Wayne's insistence, because of his love of the horse. True Grit by Charles Portis first appeared as a 1968 short story in The Saturday Evening Post. ...


Upon its release in June 1976, The Shootist was not a success and received poor reviews, mainly because of the film's slow pace. Over the years however, it has increased in popularity. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


The setting of the film is interesting in that the flavor of an old Western is apparent, but so are the beginnings of modern conveniences like automobiles and electricity. Most of the men wear large, Western style hats, but Gillom prefers a cloth cap usually thought of as being fashionable a few decades later, mainly in cities.


John Wayne and Lauren Bacall had made one previous film together two decades earlier called Blood Alley (1955), a seafaring adventure set in China. John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Blood Alley is a 1955 seafaring adventure movie starring John Wayne and Lauren Bacall. ...


James Stewart and John Wayne had also made one previous film together, John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962). James Stewart is the name of: // Actors James Stewart (actor) (1908–1997), Hollywood movie star, widely known as Jimmy Stewart. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... John Ford (February 1, 1894 – August 31, 1973) was one of the most accomplished American film directors of the 1930s to 1960s, known particularly as a director of the Westerns, although his tributes to the veterans of World War II and Americana are also equally effective. ... The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic Western movie made in 1962, starring James Stewart, John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and directed by John Ford. ...


Cast

Although Bacall received higher billing, Howard's character was just as prominent. John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), born Marion Robert Morrison, popularly known as The Duke, was an iconic, Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924) is an American film and stage actress. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor, film director, and producer. ... James Stewart is the name of: // Actors James Stewart (actor) (1908–1997), Hollywood movie star, widely known as Jimmy Stewart. ... Richard Boone often played in Westerns and action films. ... Hugh OBrian Hugh OBrian (born April 19, 1925) is an American actor. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Henry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Norwegian extraction. ... Scatman Crothers (born Benjamin Sherman Crothers, May 23, 1910 – November 22, 1986) was an American actor, singer, dancer and musician. ...


Crew

Don Siegel (October 26, 1912 - April 20, 1991) was an influential American film director. ... Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 science fiction film. ... Dirty Harry is a 1971 film directed by Don Siegel, the first of the series. ... Escape from Alcatraz is a 1979 film, directed by Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood. ... Elmer Bernstein (pronounced Bern-steen[1])(April 4, 1922 – August 18, 2004) was an American composer best known for his work writing music for film and television. ...

Awards

  • Novel
    • Western Writers of America, Spur Award Winner - "Best Western Novel" - 1975 (as: "one of the best western novels ever written." and as: "one of the 10 Greatest Western novels written in the 20th century.")
  • Film
    • Writers Guild, nomination: "Best Adaptation of a Screenplay" - Scott Hale and Miles Hood Swarthout
    • Academy Awards, nomination: "Best Art Direction-Set Decoration" - Robert F. Boyle and Arthur Jeph Parker)
    • Golden Globes, nomination: "Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role" - Ron Howard
    • BAFTA Film Award, nomination: "Best Actress" - Lauren Bacall

References

  • Swarthout, Glendon. The Shootist, New York: Doubleday, 1975 ISBN 0-385-06099-8

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