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John Wayne , Lauren Bacall, James Stewart
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Directed by: Don Siegel
Written by: Miles Hood Swarthout, Scott Hale from Swarthout's novel

Released: 1976
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 100

An old gunfighter (John Wayne, pictured) awaits a natural death, but finds that too many people want to shoot him first.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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John Wayne's last ride, in which he stars as a dying ex-gunfighter, is too self-consciously mythic, feebly motivated and full of barely reheated cliches (Ron Howard, for instance, gets to re-play the Brandon De Wilde role in Shane), but it boasts one of Wayne's most moving performances. Don Siegel directs efficiently, and with the necessary feel for those old John Ford values. Bruce Surtees's photography is especially fine.

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