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Three great movies.
By Michael Valdivielso
The three DVDs have no extras besides the one feature on The Shootist so I will focus on the movies:
The Sons of Katie Elder has two huge stars, John Wayne and Dean Martin, as the two eldest of the Elders. Earl Holliman and Michael Anderson star as the two younger Elder brothers. All four sons come back to town of Clearwater, Texas, to see her buried and pay their respects. The story is about a broken family trying to find peace but also four sons trying to find out who had killed their father and made their mother move from the family's land. Lots of gun fights but also lots of humor between the four brothers.
Big Jake has two stars who are the main focus of the movie. Of course there is John Wayne as Big Jake and then there is Richard Boone as the head of an outlaw gang who has kidnapped Little Jake, Jake's grandson. Richard Boone would show up in a few of John Wayne's films. There is a lot of humor in this movie but the gun fights are also bloody and dark. Maureen O'Hara is in the first act as his wife he hasn't seen in 18 years.
The Shootist is the last film John Wayne would be in and the 69th Western he made. Tons of star power. Richard Boone, James Stewart, Laurea Bacall, Ron Howard, Bill McKinney, John Carradine, Harry Morgan. Hugh O'Brian and more. The story, based on a book by the same title, is about a gunslinger who finds out his days are numbered and he tries to find peace during his final hours. The character of John Bernard Books, played by the ill and tired John Wayne, really comes out as realistic (maybe because John Wayne knew his days were short also). The film is well crafted and one of the first John Wayne movies I ever saw. From the start with the black and white clippings of Wayne movies that act as a background, a history, of the shootist's life to the scene of Ron Howard walking away from the last gunfight everything is set carefully into place like a lovely puzzle. Some of the lines in the movie, many copied right out of the book, sound like wishful echoes of a time long gone.
This three movies are a must for any Western collection.
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By Clifford Richardson
These three classics are great together. they are three of his most liked movies. who can say enough about his "Last Movie" , "The Shootist". Having taken care of my parents, both with Cancer, seeing how they dealt with the pain I now can see how uncomfortable John Wayne was ( in pain).
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What a deal
By joey thomas
Great films, all three! What a deal!