John Wayne vol.3 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 101

A Chronology of John Wayne Movie Posters vol.3 1960-1976.

John Wayne (1907-1979) was born 'Marion Morrison' in Winterset, Iowa.

The Hollywood legend appeared in 30 movies between 1960 and 1976, this hub showcases poster art from those films.

The Alamo (1960) Italian poster
The Alamo (1960) Italian poster
The Alamo (1960)
The Alamo (1960)

The Alamo (1960) Directed by John Wayne. 167mins (203mins)

John Wayne - Davy Crockett
Richard Widmark - Jim Bowie
Laurence Harvey - William Travis

Also starring Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Linda Cristal, Chill Wills and Richard Boone as Gen. Sam Houston

Produced and directed by John Wayne, The Alamo was an expensive epic with spectacular battle scenes, but it was not a big hit, costing $12m the film grossed $7.9m in North America, figures for the worldwide total are unavailable.

Wayne was originally going to take the smaller role of Sam Houston so he could concentrate on directing the film, but he could only get financial backing for the film if he played one of the lead roles.

Wayne and Widmark did not get along during filming, political views and working with a first time director were probably the main reasons.

Charlton Heston turned down the role of Jim Bowie.

Originally over three hours long only a shortened version has been released to DVD so far.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Chill Wills) and Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), winning 1 - Best Sound.

Golden Globe Winner for Best Music (Dimitri Tiomkin).

Tagline - The Mission That Became a Fortress, The Fortress That Became a Shrine

IMDB rating 6.7

North to Alaska (1960) French poster
North to Alaska (1960) French poster

North to Alaska (1960) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 122mins.

John Wayne - Sam McCord
Stewart Granger - George Pratt
Capucine - Angel

Also starring Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Mickey Shaughnessy.

Comedy western based on the play "Birthday Gift" by Ladislas Fodor.

Set during the gold rush in Nome, Alaska, 1900.

WGA Nomination for Best Written American Comedy

Tagline - In all the 50 states you won't find a fun-filled adventure like it!

IMDB rating 6.8

The Comancheros (1961) UK poster
The Comancheros (1961) UK poster

The Comancheros (1961) Directed by Michael Curtiz. 107mins.

John Wayne - Capt. Jake Cutter
Stuart Whitman - Paul Regret

Also starring Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara and Patrick Wayne.

Based on the novel by Paul Wellman, published in 1952.

Michael Curtiz's last film, the great director died shortly after the film was released.

Wayne's character is referred to as 'Big Jake', which would later be the title of a 1971 western starring Wayne.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Directed by John Ford. 123mins.

John Wayne - Tom Doniphon
James Stewart - Ransom Stoddard

Also starring Vera Miles, Lee Marvin, Edmond O'Brien, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Woody Strode, Strother Martin and Lee Van Cleef.

Classic John Ford western based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson, published in 1949.

Stewart had top billing on the posters but Wayne's name appeared first in the film.

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2007.

Tagline - Together for the first time - James Stewart and John Wayne - in the masterpiece of four-time Academy Award winner John Ford

IMDB rating 8.1

Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

The Longest Day (1962)
The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day (1962) Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton & Bernhard Wicki. 178mins.

Richard Beymer - Pvt. Dutch Schultz
Richard Burton - Flying Officer David Campbell
Red Buttons - Pvt. John Steele
Sean Connery - Pvt. Flanagan
Henry Fonda - Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt
Gert Frobe - Sgt. Kaffekanne
Curt Jurgens - Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt
Roddy McDowall - Pvt. Morris
Robert Mitchum - Brig. Gen. Norman Cota
Kenneth More - Capt. Colin Maud
Edmond O'Brien - Gen. Raymond D. Barton
Robert Ryan - Brig. Gen. James M. Gavin
George Segal - U.S. Army Ranger
Rod Steiger - Destroyer Commander
Richard Todd - Maj. John Howard
Robert Wagner - U.S. Army Ranger
Stuart Whitman - Lt. Sheen
John Wayne - Lt. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort

Massive star-packed war movie based on the novel by Cornelius Ryan, first published in 1959 and based on real events - the D-Day landings in Normandy, 6th of June, 1944.

The film was made in Black & White so as to incorporate real WWII footage.

Sean Connery filmed his scenes and than flew to Jamaica to star in the first of a series of films that would make him world famous.

The Longest Day was a major success, costing $10m it went on to gross $50m worldwide.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Cinematography and Best Special Effects.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

Tagline - This is the day that changed the world... When history held its breath.

IMDB rating 7.8

Hatari! (1962) Belgian poster
Hatari! (1962) Belgian poster

Hatari! (1962) Directed by Howard Hawks. 157mins.

John Wayne - Sean Mercer

Also starring Hardy Krüger, Elsa Martinelli, Red Buttons, Gerard Blain and Bruce Cabot.

Hatari is Swahili for "Danger".

Filmed on location in Tanganyika,

There was no finished script and the plot and dialogue was made up as they went along, making this the most relaxed film in Hawks filmography.

Audiences enjoyed Hatari, making it one of the biggest hits of the year.

Henry Mancini composed an interesting score for the film. The "Baby Elephant Walk" theme was popular at the time.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Hatari means Fun! Hatari means Adventure! Hatari means Thrills!

IMDB rating 7.1

How the West Was Won (1962) Belgian poster
How the West Was Won (1962) Belgian poster
How the West Was Won (1962)
How the West Was Won (1962)

How the West Was Won (1962) Directed by Henry Hathway, John Ford & George Marshall. 164mins.

Carroll Baker - Eve Prescott
Walter Brennan - Col. Jeb Hawkins
Lee J. Cobb - Marshal Lou Ramsey
Henry Fonda - Jethro Stuart
Carolyn Jones - Julie Rawlings
Karl Malden - Zebulon Prescott
Raymond Massey - Abraham Lincoln
Gregory Peck - Cleve Van Valen
George Peppard - Zeb Rawlings
Robert Preston - Roger Morgan
Debbie Reynolds - Lilith Prescott
James Stewart - Linus Rawlings
Eli Wallach - Charlie Gant
John Wayne - General Sherman
Richard Widmark - Mike King

Western spectacular and the first non-documentary to be released in the superwide Cinerama process, which used three synchronised movie cameras during filming, one pointing dead center the other two pointing a little to the left and right. the finished film was projected onto a large curved screen.

John Wayne appears in the shortest segment - The Civil War - which was directed by his friend John Ford.

Alfred Newman's theme music is among the most memorable in film history.

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Music (Alfred Newman), winning 3 - Best Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 1997.

Tagline - 24 Great Stars In The Mightiest Adventure Ever Filmed!

IMDB rating 7.0

Donovan's Reef (1963)
Donovan's Reef (1963)

Donovan's Reef (1963) Directed by John Ford. 109mins.

John Wayne - Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
Lee Marvin - Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley

Also starring Elizabeth Allen, Jack Warden, Cesar Romero, Dick Foran and Dorothy Lamour.

Comedy adventure filmed in Kauai, Hawaii and based on a story by Edmund Beloin.

John Wayne's last John Ford movie.

Tagline - Wild, Wayne and Wonderful!

IMDB rating 6.6

McLintock (1963)
McLintock (1963)

McLintock (1963) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 127mins.

John Wayne - George Washington McLintock
Maureen O'Hara - Katherine Gilhooley McLintock

Also starring Patrick Wayne, Stefanie Powers, Jack Kruschen, Chill Wills and Yvonne De Carlo.

Comedy western.

The script was novelized by Richard Wormser.

The most famous scene, the brawl in the mud, took a week to shoot. The mud was made of a material called bentonite which had the consistency of chocolate syrup.

McLintock was successful grossing $7.25m in the U.S.

It's the most recent John Wayne film in the public domain and has been released on DVD by various companies.

Tagline - Wallops the daylights out of every western you've ever seen!

IMDB rating 7.0

Circus World (1964)
Circus World (1964)

Circus World (1964) UK title: The Magnificent Showman. Directed by Henry Hathaway. 135mins.

John Wayne - Matt Masters
Claudia Cardinale - Toni Alfredo
Rita Hayworth - Lili Alfredo

Also starring Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte and John Smith.

Circus drama.

Wayne almost died during the circus fire scene when the burning set collapsed, just missing him.

David Niven was considered for a role in the film.

The film was originally to be directed by Frank Capra but he wasn't happy with the script and left the project.

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes including Best Actress (Rita Hayworth), winning 1 - Best Song.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) Directed by George Stevens. 225mins.

Max von Sydow - Jesus
José Ferrer - Herod Antipas
Charlton Heston - John the Baptist
Martin Landau - Caiaphas
David McCallum - Judas Iscariot
Roddy McDowall - Matthew
Dorothy McGuire - The Virgin Mary
Donald Pleasence - The Dark Hermit - Satan
Sidney Poitier - Simon of Cyrene
Claude Rains - King Herod
Telly Savalas - Pontius Pilate
John Wayne - Centurion at crucifixion

Biblical epic - The Story of Jesus.

Director George Stevens decided to make the film in Arizona, Nevada and Utah rather than the Holy Land, he explained why - "I wanted to get an effect of grandeur as a background to Christ, and none of the Holy Land areas shape up with the excitement of the American southwest."

Max von Sydow was unknown to audiences in the US, apart from the few who knew his work with Ingmar Bergman. To compensate Stevens filled the film with famous actors in guest roles, Sidney Poitier for instance, appears for a few seconds to help Jesus with the cross. Spotting the stars helped while away the tedium.

John Wayne's short cameo is perhaps the most talked about, he plays the Centurion standing before Jesus on the cross and his only line was, "Truly this man was the son of God." One of the jokes at the time was that Stevens asked Wayne to say the line with more awe. So on the next take Wayne looks up at the cross and says "Awww, truly this man was the son of God"

Nominated for 5 Oscars - Best Music (Alfred Newman), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) French poster
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) French poster

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 122mins.

John Wayne - John Elder
Dean Martin - Tom Elder

Also starring Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr, Earl Holliman, Paul Fix, George Kennedy and Dennis Hopper.

Big budget western loosely based on real events.

John Sturges was planning to direct the film in 1956 with Alan Ladd starring.

Filmed in Mexico.

Remade and updated as - Four Brothers (2005) starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by John Singleton.

Tagline - From the four winds they came, the four brothers, their eyes smoking and their fingers itching.

IMDB rating 7.1

In Harm's Way (1966) Belgian poster
In Harm's Way (1966) Belgian poster

In Harm's Way (1965) Directed by Otto Preminger. 165mins.

John Wayne - Captain Rockwell Torrey
Kirk Douglas - Commander Paul Eddington

Also starring Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, George Kennedy, Larry Hagman and Henry Fonda.

WWII epic based on the novel by James Bassett, published in 1962.

Wayne was seriously ill with lung cancer during filming, by the end of the shoot he was coughing up blood. In surgery he had the left lung and two ribs removed.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Tagline - Stripped of everything - they lived and loved and fought as if there were no tomorrow

IMDB rating 7.1

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) Directed by Melville Shavelson. 146mins.

Kirk Douglas - Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
Senta Berger - Magda Simon
Angie Dickinson - Emma Marcus
James Donald - Maj. Safir
Topol - Abou Ibn Kader
Frank Sinatra - Vince Talmadge
Yul Brynner - Asher Gonen
John Wayne - Gen. Mike Randolph

Based loosely on the life of Colonel "Mickey" Marcus, during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Movie debut of Michael Douglas, uncredited as a jeep driver.

Wayne, Brynner and Sinatra have cameo roles.

Tagline - Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they stunned the world with their incredible victory!

IMDB rating 6.2

El Dorado (1967) Japanese poster
El Dorado (1967) Japanese poster
El Dorado (1967)
El Dorado (1967)

El Dorado (1967) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 126mins.

John Wayne - Cole Thornton
Robert Mitchum - J.P. Harrah
James Caan - Mississippi

Also starring Charlene Holt, Paul Fix, Arthur Hunnicutt, Michele Carey, R.G. Armstrong, Edward Asner and Christopher George.

Classic western based on the novel "The Stars in their Courses" by Harry Brown, published in 1960.

Hoping to repeat the success of Rio Bravo (1959), Howard Hawks used roughly the same formula and plot for El Dorado.

On it's own merits El Dorado is a hugely enjoyable western, the two old movie legends clearly having fun in their roles.

Following his cancer surgery Wayne had to use a double for some scenes.

Tagline - It's The Big One With The Big Two!

IMDB rating 7.6

The War Wagon (1967)
The War Wagon (1967)

The War Wagon (1967) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 96mins.

John Wayne - Taw Jackson
Kirk Douglas - Lomax

Also starring Howard Keel, Robert Walker Jr, Keenan Wynn, Bruce Cabot, Joanna Barnes and Valora Noland.

Fun comedy western based on the novel by Clair Huffaker who also wrote the screenplay.

Wayne and Douglas third and last movie together.

Tagline - The War Wagon Rolls And The Screen Explodes!

IMDB rating 6.7

The Green Berets (1968) French poster
The Green Berets (1968) French poster

The Green Berets (1968) Directed by John Wayne & Ray Kellogg. 142mins.

John Wayne - Col. Mike Kirby
David Janssen - George Beckworth
Jim Hutton - Sgt. Petersen

Also starring Aldo Ray, Raymond St. Jacques, Bruce Cabot and George Takei.

Adapted from the book of the same name by Robin Moore, published in 1965.

One of the first Vietnam movies filmed while the war was still raging.

The film was much criticized at the time for glorifying the Vietnam war. The reviews were mostly negative, the late Roger Ebert gave it zero stars. But the film was successful, costing $7m to produce, it grossed $21m in North America.

Tagline - A special force in a special kind of hell!

IMDB rating 5.2

Hellfighters (1968)
Hellfighters (1968)

Hellfighters (1968) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 121mins.

John Wayne - Chance Buckman
Katharine Ross - Tish Buckman
Jim Hutton - Greg Parker

Also starring Vera Miles, Jay C. Flippen and Bruce Cabot.

Adventure movie about oil well firefighters.

Wayne's role is based loosely on Red Adair, a famous oil well firefighter who had capped some of the worlds biggest oil well blowouts.

Tagline - The Toughest Hellfighter Of All!

IMDB rating 6.2

True Grit (1969) German poster
True Grit (1969) German poster
True Grit (1969)
True Grit (1969)

True Grit (1969) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 128mins.

John Wayne - Rooster Cogburn
Glen Campbell - La Boeuf
Kim Darby - Mattie Ross

Also starring Jeremy Slate, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper.

Based on the novel by Charles Portis, published in 1968.

"Fill your hands, you son of a b!tch!"

One of John Wayne's most famous and most popular westerns and the movie that finally won him an Academy Award.

True Grit was a big hit and is estimated to have grossed about $31m in the U.S.

The title song sung by Glen Campbell was a top ten hit and helped boost the films box office.

Sondra Locke was considered for the role of Mattie.

Wayne reprised the role in the sequel Rooster Cogburn (1975).

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Actor (John Wayne).

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards winning 1 - Best Actor (John Wayne)

Tagline - The strangest trio ever to track a killer.

IMDB rating 7.3

(The novel was adapted and filmed by the Coen Bros in 2010, True Grit starred Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross.)

The Undefeated (1969)
The Undefeated (1969)

The Undefeated (1969) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 119mins.

John Wayne - John Henry Thomas
Rock Hudson - James Langdon

Also starring Roman Gabriel, Antonio Aguilar, Lee Meriwether, Bruce Cabot and Jan-Michael Vincent.

Big budget Cavalry western set in Mexico after the Civil War.

Based on a story by Stanley Hough.

Before filming Wayne had to lose some of the weight he put on to play Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

Interviewed in the early 80's Rock Hudson said he thought The Undefeated was crap but he had fond memories of working with John Wayne.

IMDB rating 6.4

Chisum (1970) Japanese poster
Chisum (1970) Japanese poster

Chisum (1970) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 111mins.

John Wayne - John Chisum

Also starring Forrest Tucker, Christopher George, Ben Johnson, Glenn Corbett, Andrew Prine, Bruce Cabot, Patric Knowles and Geoffrey Deuel as Billy 'The Kid' Bonney.

Based on the short story "Chisum and the Lincoln County Cattle War" by Andrew J. Fenady, who also wrote the screenplay.

Set in New Mexico 1878 and very loosely based on events and characters from the Lincoln County War.

The opening credits features paintings of the old west from artist Russ Vickers.

Chisum was reasonably successful grossing $6m at the U.S. box office.

IMDB rating 6.6

Rio Lobo (1970)
Rio Lobo (1970)


Rio Lobo (1970) Directed by Howard Hawks. 114mins.

John Wayne - Col. Cord McNally

Also starring Jorge Rivero, Jennifer O'Neill, Jack Elam, Christopher Mitchum, Sherry Lansing, Mike Henry and Robert Donner.

Howard Hawks final movie.

Third and last in a loose trilogy of films which began with Rio Bravo (1959) and El Dorado (1967). Rio Lobo was not a big hit, barely making the top 20 for the year.

IMDB rating 6.6

Big Jake (1971)
Big Jake (1971)

Big Jake (1971) Directed by George Sherman. 110mins.

John Wayne - Jacob McCandles
Richard Boone - John Fain

Also starring Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bruce Cabot, Bobby Vinton, Glenn Corbett and Maureen O'Hara.

Working title - The Million Dollar Kidnapping.

Big Jake contained more violence than usual making this the first John Wayne movie to receive a PG-13 in the US and a 15 certificate in the UK.

Wayne's son Patrick and Robert Mitchum's son Christopher play Wayne's sons in the film, Ethan Wayne plays his grandson.

Last appearance of Maureen O'Hara in a John Wayne film.

Big Jake grossed $7.5m in the U.S.

Tagline - They wanted gold. They gave them lead instead!

IMDB rating 6.9

The Cowboys (1972) Italian poster
The Cowboys (1972) Italian poster
The Cowboys (1972) Spanish poster
The Cowboys (1972) Spanish poster

The Cowboys (1972) Directed by Mark Rydell. 131mins.

John Wayne - Wil Andersen

Also starring Roscoe Lee Browne, Bruce Dern, Colleen Dewhurst, Slim Pickens and Robert Carradine.

One of the best westerns of the seventies, based on the novel by Dale Jennings.

This is the one where Bruce Dern shoots John Wayne in the back. Dern was worried that people would hate him and he was right, the actor received death threats and even Hollywood seemed to shun him following that... heinous crime!

Robert Carradine's movie debut.

Tagline - All they wanted was their chance to be men...and he gave it to them.

IMDB rating 7.2

The Train Robbers (1973) Italian poster
The Train Robbers (1973) Italian poster

The Train Robbers (1973) Directed by Burt Kennedy. 92mins.

John Wayne - Lane
Ann-Margret - Mrs. Lowe
Rod Taylor - Grady

Also starring Ben Johnson, Christopher George, Jerry Gatlin, Bobby Vinton and Ricardo Montalban.

Ann-Margret enlists the help of John Wayne to retrieve a shipment of gold which was stolen five years earlier and return it to the train company so she could clear her dead husbands name and claim a $50,000 reward.

Tagline - Cursed gold, a vanished train and a thief's widow. He'd do better walking into hell!

IMDB rating 6.1

Cahill US Marshall (1973) French poster
Cahill US Marshall (1973) French poster

Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973) Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 103mins.

John Wayne - J.D. Cahill

Also starring George Kennedy, Gary Grimes, Neville Brand, Clay O'Brien and Morgan Paull.

Based on a story by Barney Slater.

The opening scene in a forest was filmed entirely inside a studio set, and looks it.

Actor Neville Brand admits he was miscast as a Comanche halfbreed but wasn't going to turn down a job.

Tagline - Break the law and he's the last man you want to see. And the last you ever will.

IMDB rating 6.2

McQ (1974)
McQ (1974)
McQ (1974) Japanese poster
McQ (1974) Japanese poster

McQ (1974) Directed by John Sturges. 111mins.

John Wayne - Det. Lt. Lon "McQ" McHugh

Also starring Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston and Al Lettieri

John Wayne turned down Dirty Harry in 1971 and must have regretted it. In this film Wayne plays 'McQ', a Seattle cop investigating the murders of two cops.

A novelization of the screenplay by Alexander Edwards was released as a tie-in to the film.

Steve McQueen was originally offered the role of McQ, when he turned it down the screenplay was revised for Wayne to play it.

Tagline - The cop no one can stop. Even the cops.

IMDB rating 5.9

Brannigan (1975)
Brannigan (1975)
Brannigan (1975)
Brannigan (1975)

Brannigan (1975) Directed by Douglas Hickox. 111mins.

John Wayne - Lt. James Brannigan
Richard Attenborough - Cmdr. Charles Swann

Also starring Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer, John Vernon, Daniel Pilon, John Stride and Ralph Meeker.

John Wayne in London! Like a fish out of water.

An enjoyable thriller with some good laughs and plenty of action.

Instead of a saloon fight there is a pub brawl and a frantic car chase through the streets of London ends with Wayne in a Ford Capri leaping over a half-raised Tower Bridge!

Oddly enough this was only the second time in his career Wayne played a cop, the first was McQ.

Tagline - Big Jim Brannigan takes on London - Chicago Style!

IMDB rating 5.8

Cmdr. Swann: This isn't Chicago!
Brannigan: You're right, you can't get a decent burger anywhere in this town.

Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Rooster Cogburn (1975)


Rooster Cogburn (1975) Directed by Stuart Millar. 108mins.

John Wayne - Rooster Cogburn
Katharine Hepburn - Eula Goodnight

Also starring Anthony Zerbe, Richard Jordan, John McIntire, Strother Martin and Paul Koslo.

Sequel to Wayne's Oscar-winning success True Grit (1969).

The only other western Katharine Hepburn appeared in was The Sea of Grass (1947), with Spencer Tracy.

Strother Martin played a different role in True Grit.

The film grossed $17m at the US box office but received a thumbs down from critics who complained that it was trying to be a western remake of The African Queen (1951).

Tagline - The man of "True Grit" is back and look who's got him!

IMDB rating 6.6

The Shootist (1976)
The Shootist (1976)

The Shootist (1976) Directed by Don Siegel. 100mins.

John Wayne - John Bernard Books
Lauren Bacall - Bond Rogers
James Stewart - Dr. Hostetler

Also starring Ron Howard, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Bill McKinney, Harry Morgan and John Carradine.

Based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout, published in 1975.

John Wayne's final film and a fitting finale after 50 years in movies.

Wayne plays an aging gunfighter who is dying of cancer, with his birthday coming up he decides to go out with a bang.

The film received good reviews and critics praised Wayne's performance, it was listed as one of the 10 Best Movies of 1976 by the National Board of Review.

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction.

WGA Nomination for Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium

Tagline - He's got to face a gunfight once more... to live up to his legend once more. To win just one more time.

IMDB rating 7.6

John Wayne in The Shootist (1976) Publicity photo
John Wayne in The Shootist (1976) Publicity photo

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Geekdom 3 years ago

It is crazy how many movies and how quickly they were produced when these actors were under studio contract.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

I know especially on the old Hollywood studio system where the actors were contracted to appear in a certain amount of films a year, if they refused they would get fined or fired.

John Wayne appeared in 168 films over 50 years, nearly 70 films during the 30's!

Thanks for commenting Geekdom, it is appreciated.


Cogerson 3 years ago

I have not only seen all of these movies with the exception of Circus World. I have seen them over the last 18 months as I have been watching a ton of Wayne movies. I just rewatched the Shootist last week....loved how they used clips from his other westerns to show him age through the years. I enjoyed reading all three of your tribute hubs to the Duke. Voted up.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting on yet another John Wayne hub Bruce, last one I promise. :)

Lets see the first hub contained posters and facts for 36 John Wayne films, the second 34 and the third 30, added together how many films is that? :-)

I doubt I'll be posting three hubs for one actor again.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I've seen most of these movies and John Wayne is an American icon. That said, many of us in the Sixties didn't care much for actors who didn't go to war telling everyone else it's their duty to go. That stained Wayne for me. same with Reagan, who made movies in the Army and stayed in country. I don't mean to be political, but these actions clouded my view of these actors. I don't mind that they didn't actually go to war-- I do mind when they go uber-patriotic and belittle others who don't fight. Over the years, I've mellowed somewhat. I can appreciate some of Wayne's post-sixties movies and can enjoy some of his roles. Reagan, though, was a second-rate actor anyway, whether on the screen or in the Oval Office. Off the soap box now.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Like you say David, John Wayne was 'uber-patriotic', I think he viewed all non-Americans as generally inferior. I remember the risible last line of his film The Green Berets where he's walking with a young South Vietnamese boy and says to him "kid, you're what this is all about". That film was really trashed by the critics. But John Wayne remained popular, audiences still loved him. Better him than Jane Fonda who was nicknamed Hanoi Jane and was posing for photos with North Vietnamese soldiers.

Thanks again for commenting David, always appreciated.

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