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A Gunfight (1971)

Two aging gunfighters in need of money come to an agreement to organize an actual showdown between them and sell tickets for it. The townsfolk is more than interested to see the "show".

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Lamont Johnson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Will Tenneray
Johnny Cash ... Abe Cross
Jane Alexander ... Nora Tenneray
Karen Black ... Jenny Simms
Dana Elcar ... Marv Green
Robert J. Wilke ... Marshal Tom Cater
Keith Carradine ... The Young Gunfighter
Eric Douglas ... Bud Tenneray
Paul Lambert ... Ed Fleury
Raf Vallone ... Francisco Alvarez
James D. Cavasos James D. Cavasos ... Newt Hale
Philip L. Mead Philip L. Mead ... Kyle Briggs
George Le Bow George Le Bow ... Dekker
John J. Wallwork John J. Wallwork ... Toby Leach
Neil Davis Neil Davis ... Canbury
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Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two famous gunfighters who are getting old and need money. Cross tried his luck at gold prospecting but failed. Tenneray works at the local saloon where he capitalizes on his past fame to "sucker fools into buying drinks". The town expects them to become enemies and kill each other in a gunfight but the two aging gunfighters start liking one another. Desperate for money, Tenneray suggests to Cross to put on a show for the townsfolk and fight in an arena for money. The proceeds from the ticket sales would go to the winner of the gunfight. Both men like the idea of a paid show but hate the possibility of one of them killing the other. Written by nufs68

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In Bajo Rio, they pay to see a man kill a bull. Today, they'll pay to see a man kill another man. See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunfight See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film received $2 million in financing from the Jicarilla Apache tribe in order to keep production in the United States, rather than abroad. See more »

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[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

Will Tenneray: A job? Suckerin' fools to buy drinks? 'Cept I wear my pants on the outside I'm no different from Jenny you laid with last night.
Abe Cross: Guess I know what your talkin' about. I worked a job myself before I went out prospectin' this last time.
Will Tenneray: Doin' what?
Abe Cross: Trick shootin'. Medicine show. 'Sides me, they had a midget and a tattooed feller.
Will Tenneray: [snorts] That says it better.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 8 secs by the BBFC to edit the shooting of a snake. See more »

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A Gunfight
Composed & Sung by Johnny Cash
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Johhny Cash in the Ring of Fire
26 October 2014 | by room8-143-874877See all my reviews

Saw this,many,many years ago at the movies and it stayed on my mind. Having gone back to watch it again, more than once in the last couple of years,it seems even better than I remember. I have to confess to being a lifelong fan of Johnny Cash,although never convinced as to his acting skills.Still,he does convince here as Abe Cross and the whole story comes across well. True,not that much action but some Westerns don't need it. I do doubt,however,the information on IMDb that it was filmed in Spain. The Bullring is NOT the Madrid Bullring,as listed,I know that for a fact.Does anyone out there know where it was filmed? Best performance by JC on the screen?I think so. Kirk Douglas is great too and the questions raised about growing old,loneliness,love,money and how an "Outsider" faces up to it all,are explored well. A strange western but a minor masterpiece,a B movie(I love 'em!)in some ways but one that stays with you. A must see for all JC fans,of course. T


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