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A Gunfight

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Director  Lamont Johnson
Screenplay  Harold Jack Bloom
Writer  Harold Jack Bloom
Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Western
Music director  Laurence Rosenthal
Cinematography  David M. Walsh
Country  United States
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Release date  August 25, 1971 (1971-08-25)
Cast  Johnny Cash (Abe Cross), Kirk Douglas (Will Tenneray), Jane Alexander (Nora Tenneray), Karen Black (Jenny Simms), Dana Elcar (Marv Green), Robert J. Wilke (Marshal Tom Cater)
Similar movies  Blackhat, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Survivor, Salt, Once Upon a Time in the West, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Tagline  In Bajo Rio, they pay to see a man kill a bull. Today, they'll pay to see a man kill another man.

A Gunfight is a Western movie from 1971 directed by Lamont Johnson, starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash.


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The film was financed by the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, although there are no leading Native American characters in the story.

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Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two aging, famous gunfighters, both in need of money. Cross rides into town, having failed as a gold prospector. His reputation is such that everyone expects him to shoot it out with Tenneray, who capitalizes on his legend by working at the saloon to "sucker fools into buying drinks." To the town's surprise, Tenneray and Cross take a liking to one another. There is no hostility between them whatsoever.

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Tenneray is desperate for money, however. He comes up with the idea to stage a duel to the death in a bullfight arena, with the ticket proceeds going to the winner. Unfortunately, by killing Cross, he reasons to Nora, his wife, "I could lose my best friend." The actual gunfight is shot in a low-key and unromanticised fashion, and is over in a couple of seconds, Cross killing Tenneray with the first bullet. (This defies conventions with the "man in black" winning.)

There is an extended fantasy sequence near the end, where we see what might have happened if Tenneray had won, which may have confused some viewers. It may be open to interpretation if this is Cross's fantasy or Tenneray's widow's fantasy.


  • Kirk Douglas as Will Tenneray
  • Johnny Cash as Abe Cross
  • Jane Alexander as Nora Tenneray
  • Karen Black as Jenny Sims
  • Keith Carradine as Young Gunfighter
  • Dana Elcar as Marv
  • Raf Vallone as Francisco Alvarez
  • Eric Douglas as Bud Tenneray
  • Robert J. Wilke as Marshal Tom Cater
  • Paul Lambert as Ed Fleury
  • References

    A Gunfight Wikipedia
    A Gunfight IMDb A Gunfight