The Shootist

The Shootist

By Don Siegel

  • Genre: Western
  • Release Date: 1976-08-20
  • Advisory Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1h 39min
  • Director: Don Siegel
  • Production Company: Dino De Laurentiis Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 100 Ratings


Afflicted with a terminal illness, John Bernard Brooks (John Wayne), the last of the legendary gunfighters, quietly returns to Carson City for medical attention from his old friend Dr. Hostetler (James Stewart). Aware that his days are numbered, the troubled man seeks solace and peace in a boarding house run by a widow (Lauren Bacall) and her son (Ron Howard). However, it is not Brook's fate to die in peace, as he becomes embroiled in one last valiant battle.




  • John Bernard Books

    By gojufan
    Despite the typo on iTunes (saying Wayne's character's last name is Brooks --- it is Books), this is a fine western. Wayne's last movie playing a gunfighter dying of cancer when everyone knew he was dying of cancer in real life is well acted. The list of co-stars is stunning. This movie resonates with the passing of the old west into modern times where people were self reliant, honest, and were taken at their word. Books was no exception. The various angles of the story are great - from those thinking he's just a killer, others who admire him, others that want to settle an old score, and those who want to be the one to raise their reputation by killing him in a gunfight. The final culmination is very well done. From opening to closing, it's a montage of classic western themes. Highly recommend!
  • The Shootist

    By Head Maroon
    The most touching and emotional of John Wayne's films. It emphasizes the fact that Mr. Wayne was a hero on and off the screen. He was able to portray a character whose fate he shared with honesty and dignity. He was not perfect in life but his characters stood for what is important in life: freedom, family, and faith. It is why his films endure. The Shootist is an excellent example.
  • John Wayne's last great performance

    By DisneyLover4Life
    The end of an era, John Wayne one of America's greatest heroes delivered his last great character. Jimmy Stewart, Ronny Howard and Harry Morgan also delivered great performances. John Wayne's characters had a special charm but more importantly his characters didn't have to act tough, his characters could be loving and caring to the needs of women and children and when it came to fights it would end well for him. Except for this film, his characters were killed off as one head gunfighter, the Duke's career was long, and it was great. Watch this, it's great
  • Profound disappointment in picture quality

    This is one of my favorite movies since the time of my youth when I discovered cinema. I hate it when people give a good movie a poor review when their gripe is with the company that provided it, the packaging, etc. Paramount and Apple should be ashamed for offering this film in the condition it's in. To call it HD is, at best, an exaggeration. The image is dark, the colors washed out and contrast could be greatly improved. This film deserves a proper restoration…and let's hope it gets one before it arrives on Blu-ray.
  • The One And Only

    By sr789
    John Wayne will be forever the "tough" man. One of the best actors to ever make a movie!
  • God Bless the Duke

    By Methos Drizzt
    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." These are words to live by. When God created John Wayne the angels sang and did they sing. When the Duke died the angels wept and man lost the last backbone it will ever have. There is only one John Wayne. The rest are cheap imitations.
  • The shootist

    By tman4favre
    This was the last movie that John Wayne made in his long and amazing career. It is a great movie to wrap uo his career. Many people didnt realize that he had cancer while filming. In this film he used many of the actors that he used early in his career. In many ways it is how you woyld want John waynes career and life to end.
  • A good movie

    By Zackeriah87
    This film is very real and personal. A Great all around movie with an amazing cast, soundtrack and story..something lacking these days(and take it from me, I'm 22). It's also very cool to see how the world was changing around the turn of the 18th century into the 19th.
  • John Wayne rides into the sunset for one final time...

    By wnicholas76
    I'm a big John Wayne fan, and each time I see "The Shootist", deep down, I feel like I want to cry because even as his character in the film was dying, in real life, Duke was dying of cancer. This movie is, without a doubt, one of the most defining moments in Duke's long film career! And seeing him cast with his "Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" co-star Jimmy Stewart and his "Blood Alley" co-star Lauren Bacall is reason enough for any John Wayne fan out there to buy it here on iTunes! Long live the Duke!
  • Great!

    By Nodice410
    I'm not a big westerns guy, but i caught this on tv once and it was great. Both the acting and the story were superb.