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The Shootist Details


About ten minutes into The Shootist, Doctor Hostetler (James Stewart) tells aging Western gunfighter John Bernard Books (John Wayne), "You have a cancer." Knowing that his death will be painful and lingering, Books is determined to be shot in the line of "duty." In his remaining two months, Books settles scores with old enemies, including gambler Pulford (Hugh O'Brian) and Marshall Thibido (Harry Morgan) and reaches out to new friends, including a feisty widow (Lauren Bacall) and her hero-worshipping son (Ron Howard). Throughout the film, Books' imminent demise is compared with the decline of the West, as represented by the automobiles and streetcars that have begun to blight the main street of Books' hometown. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 11, 1976


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ron Howard Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1976 Nominee


John Wayne
as John Bernard Books
Lauren Bacall
as Bond Rogers
Ron Howard
as Gillom Rogers
Bill McKinney
as Cobb
James Stewart
as Dr. Hostetler
Richard Boone
as Sweeney
Hugh O'Brian
as Pulford
John Carradine
as Beckum
Sheree North
as Serepta
Scatman Crothers
as Moses
Alfred Dennis
as Barber
Dick Winslow
as Streetcar Driver
Kathleen O'Malley
as Schoolteacher
Ricky Nelson
as Books' fellow lawman in flashback
Johnny Crawford
as Books' victim in flashback
Melody Thomas
as Girl on Streetcar
Leo Gordon
as Books' victim in flashback
Christopher George
as Books' victim in flashback
Rick Lenz
as Sam Dobkins
Gregg Palmer
as Burly Man
Harry Morgan
as Marshall Thibido


Don Siegel
Mike J. Frankovich
Glendon Swarthout
Book Author
Bruce Surtees
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Dino de Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Moss Mabry
Costume Designer
Luster Bayless
Costume Designer
Edna Taylor
Costume Designer
Les Fresholtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Minkler
Sound/Sound Designer
Augie Lohman
Special Effects
Joe Cavalier
First Assistant Director