Monday, January 25, 2016

The Gunfighter

It should be said that this story would later be handled in a more impressive fashion by The Shootist, which was helped by having an additional element through the examination of an aging gunfighter through John Wayne's final performance. This film hits upon somewhat similar themes through the story of a gunfighter (Gregory Peck) who finds he's a target everywhere even while he's trying to become reacquainted with his family. Though it does not hit the heights of that later film it is well told through one of Peck's better performances, as well as creating the right sense of tension as one man is the target of all, not for revenge, but rather only for fame.

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