The Shootist is a 1976 Western film directed by Don Siegel and starring John Wayne in his final film role. The picture is about a dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with the least pain and the most dignity.
The film is based on a 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout (the son of the author) and Scott Hale. The supporting cast includes Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Harry Morgan, John Carradine, Sheree North, and Scatman Crothers.
In 1977, The Shootist received an Academy Award nomination for Best Art Direction (Robert F. Boyle, Arthur Jeph Parker), a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Actress (Lauren Bacall), and a Golden Globe Award nomination forBest Supporting Actor (Ron Howard), as well as the National Board of Review Award as one of the Top Ten Films of 1976. The movie also received widespread critical acclaim, garnering a 95% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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