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PostSubject: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:49 am

I taped the movie "Open Range" with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall the other day.This happens to be my favorite Western gunfight,even better than "Tombstone".
What's your favorite?

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:09 am

I don't know, but the 'tin cup' scene in Tombstone is pretty hard to beat! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:25 am

Winslow wrote:
I taped the movie "Open Range" with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall the other day.This happens to be my favorite Western gunfight,even better than "Tombstone".
What's your favorite?

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I would have to agree, I found a used copy of Open Range on DVD a while back and have watched it many times since. Not only is the final gunbattle/fight one of the best the entire movie is excellent.
One of the best gunfight scenes in an older western would have to be from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance". You get to see it from several perspectives.
Of course who can forget the final gunfight from "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly".
Oh, and then there is the one from "Once Upon A Time In the West".
Damn, there are so many.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:43 am

The gunfight itself isn't much, but for pure buildup, you can't beat The Shootist. Magnificent film.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:56 am

You're no Daisy!

Doc Holiday vs Johnny Ringo in Tombstone. It may not be the wild shoot em up, but given the build up to the scene and the intensity of the characters, it kicks ass! I mean, as soon as Doc shoots Ringo in the head he runs up to keep telling him he's not "The Shit" as he stands there dying. Doc is one bad MoFo! afro



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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:18 pm

For pure suspense, High Noon isn't too shabby!!!!! FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:32 pm

The best gun fight in a movie IMHO was at the end of "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly". I would be hard pressed to pick my best western movie. I like them all.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:01 pm

I got to agree with Puff Daddy on this one, can't think of a better scene in a movie period.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:02 pm

Open Range in my opinion is one of the greatest westerns ever made. I have seen it many times as well as Tombstone and Kevin Costner's version of Wyatt Earp. All great westerns.

However, I am particularly fond of The Outlaw Josey Wales as the greatest Eastwood film that contains several classic gunfights. No one could out do Josey Wales!

"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?" Josey Wales facing 4 Union gunfighters in Texas.

"Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."
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Granny Hawkins: They say you're a hard put and desperate man, Josey Wales. They're goin' to heel and hide you to a barn door. You know what I say?
Josey Wales: What's that?
Granny Hawkins: I say that big talk's worth doodly-squat. Now, them poultices be laced with feathermoss and mustard root. Mind you drop water on 'em occasional and keep 'em damp.
Granny Hawkins: You can pay me when you see me again, Josey Wales.
Josey Wales: I reckon so.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:13 pm

That's my second all time favorite western, JP. My favorite lines from it-

Bounty hunter #1: You're wanted, Wales.
Josey Wales: Reckon I'm right popular. You a bounty hunter?
Bounty hunter #1: A man's got to do something for a living these days.
Josey Wales: Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:11 pm

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That's my second all time favorite western, JP. My favorite lines from it-

Bounty hunter #1: You're wanted, Wales.
Josey Wales: Reckon I'm right popular. You a bounty hunter?
Bounty hunter #1: A man's got to do something for a living these days.
Josey Wales: Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:42 pm

I'll have to agree that Open Range is about the best western to come along in a while, the final battle is second to none, the saloon gunfight in Unforgiven is my second favorite, but my sentimental favorite can be found in this clip...

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:52 pm

In technically accurate terms, almost no movie gets gunfights right. Amazingly, one does that's both an oldie and a Western: Hombre with Paul Newman. The reason is because Thell Reed---a world-class combat/assault shooter plus cowboy-era firearms expert---was hired as a consultant to stage the final confrontation.

There was also a minor crime film 10-12 years back called City of Industry that had realistic gun work. (Again, because a firearms expert was hired)

If you mean "best" gunfight in dramatic terms, I have nothing to suggest. As soon as the cartoon foolishness starts, my brain checks out.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:13 pm

Oh come LL don't be a party pooper, we all know it's BS. I also know that the pizza delivery guy doesn't get laid when he drops off the pizza but that doesn't stop me from enjoying porn. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:20 pm

lol! lol! lol! Now that's a good one, JHugs!!!!!! FTRPLT
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:29 pm

Some favorites of mine have already been mentioned, but I'm surprised no one has pegged this one:



All these years later, Clint is STILL the man!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:36 pm

I go with either of the Eastwood movies, "The Outlaw Josie Wales" or "Unforgiven."
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:38 pm

Oh yeah. Opening scene in "Once Upon A Time In The West"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZpO6aNLwE

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:45 pm

You mean of course when Fonda decimates the homestead? There's a lot of footage before then.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 6:56 pm

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You mean of course when Fonda decimates the homestead? There's a lot of footage before then.

The opening scene is at the train station. Nobody uses all their bullets 5 or 6 times without reloading. Lots of little things going on. Great little shootout.

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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:18 pm

jhuggett wrote:
Oh come LL don't be a party pooper, we all know it's BS. I also know that the pizza delivery guy doesn't get laid when he drops off the pizza but that doesn't stop me from enjoying porn. Laughing

My gripe is that it isn't necessary for things to be unrealistic in order to be dramatic, it's just the lazy & cheap way out. Then after a while the bullshit can't be distinguished from reality by the general public.

The latest example of fantasy disrupting reality is in the courtroom, where juries are coming to expect CSI TV show-style evidence from the prosecutors for every case.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:21 pm

Midnight Blues wrote:
I'll have to agree that Open Range is about the best western to come along in a while, the final battle is second to none, the saloon gunfight in Unforgiven is my second favorite, but my sentimental favorite can be found in this clip...


True Grit is an absolute classic and ranks as one of my all time favorites also. I am glad you mentioned it Midnight! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:28 pm

My favorite western film gunfights, in no particular order:

1. The Spandau Ballet at the end of Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.

2. The final shootout in Open Range.

3. The showdown in High Noon.

4. The final battle in The Magnificent Seven.

Numbers 1 and 4 were set in Mexico, so I don't know if they strictly qualify as Westerns. More like Southwesterns.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:05 pm

Forget the pizza, where is the popcorn.
I liked the Pale Rider.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1f1rawp0vY
Lets not forget Joe Bowman
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pulverize it every time,” said Mr. Drury, who often appeared with Mr.
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PostSubject: Re: Best Gunfight in a Western Movie   Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:44 pm

Thanks for posting all the cool gunfights you guys! Laughing

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