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The Shootist, a review by Rogmeister

The Shootist  (1976)   100m
Directed by Don Seigel
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cast: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, Harry Morgan, Richard Boone, Hugh O'Brian, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sheree North, Richard Lenz, John Carradine

Gunfighter John Bernard Books comes to Carson City, Nevada in 1901 to see a doctor.  It turns out he has cancer and has a short time to live.  How he deals with it, and those around him and their reactions to him, form the crux of this story.

This was, of course, the final film for John Wayne in a long career that spanned nearly 50 years during which time he appeared in over 150 films.  Ironically, his character in this film was dying of cancer and that was how John Wayne himself died only a few years after this film was released.  Unlike many of Duke's films, this was not really a typical western shoot-em-up, but a character study and not exactly fast-moving...but it is a fine film nonetheless.  It does have some fine action in it in spots, including an exciting final shootout in a fancy saloon towards the end of the picture (for you trivia buffs, Hugh O'Brian is the final character to be shot by John Wayne on film).  A first-rate cast, excellent direction and photography and a fine Elmer Bernstein score all contribute to make John Wayne's last film a first-rate entertainment.  

DVD extras include the original theatrical trailer and a fine behind-the-scenes featurette including interviews with the producers and with screenwriter Miles Hood Swarthout (son of novelist Glendon Swarthout whose book was the basis for this film).  I believe Hugh O'Brian was the one cast member included in the interviews.

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 22nd, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Clambake, a review by GSyren

TitleClambake (Disc ID: 6B9C-892B-2F44-538F)
DirectorArthur H. Nadel
ActorsElvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill
Produced1967 in United States
Runtime99 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesFrench, Spanish
OverviewElvis Presley sizzles as a lovelorn million-'heir' in this riveting and romantic rock 'n' roll romp. Vying for the attentions of the lovely Shelley Fabares ('Coach'), Elvis finds himself caught up in a rivalry with playboy Bill Bixby ('The Incredible Hulk') "against a tuneful background of comedy, romance, and speedboat racing" ('Film Daily')! Clambake is "pleasing escape entertainment" ('Boxoffice') and the wildest party to hit the beach since they invented the beach ball!

It's a hip version of 'The Prince and the Pauper' as Elvis relinquishes his oil-baron's fortune and trades identities with a penniless water ski instructor (Will Hutchins) to learn about life from the bottom up. Suddenly short on money but long on determination, he repairs a radically designed powerboat in order to win the regatta and the affection of a girl who's determined to marry rich!
My thoughtsSome movies are always great, no matter when you view them. Some movies are always trash. And then there are some movies that depend entirely on your mood when you watch them. For me, Elvis Presley movies usually fall into that category.

So today I needed some light fluff, and Clambake fit the bill very well. It's certainly no cinematic masterpiece, but I liked it fine enough. Elvis has a certain charm, and Shelley Fabares sure doesn't hurt my eyes.

On another day I could very well have disliked this movie intensely. The songs are not very memorable. The story is weak, and the quality of the DVD leaves a lot to be desired. But fortunately today was not “another day”. Take my three stars with a grain of salt.
My rating

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on June 30th, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

The 2013 Pilot Review, a review by DJ Doena

Sean Saves the World

Sean Saves the World @ IMDb
Sean Saves the World @ Wikipedia

Synopsis: Sean (Sean Hayes, Will & Grace) is a gay single dad. His ex-wife just moved away and left his 14-year old daughter with him. He's trying to be the best dad he can be but his job is also very demanding since he's gotten a very weird new box.

My Opinion: Laugh track sitcom that is mildly amusing. The home parts do mostly work though I'm beginning to wonder when the last time was we've seen a normal mom of an adult character on any show. What doesn't work is the work parts because the new boss is just absurd and not in a good way.

(From The 2013 Pilot Review on October 10th, 2013)