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Last Man Standing (1996)





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The traditions of the western and the gangster film meet head-on in this dark crime drama. Jericho is a small town in Texas that in the 1920s looks much like it did in the 1860s, except that two violent gangs of rival bootleggers have driven away nearly all of the citizens not involved in the booze racket. Strozzi (Ned Eisenberg) leads a gang of Italian rum-runners with the help of his right-hand-man Giorgio (Michael Imperioli), while Doyle (David Patrick Kelly) is the head of an Irish mob, with Hickey (Christopher Walken) serving as his enforcer; the town's sheriff, Ed Galt (Bruce Dern) is powerless to stop the crime in Jericho, and he mainly tries to stay out of the way and keep an uneasy peace between Strozzi and Doyle. John Smith (Bruce Willis) is a ruthless and amoral gunman on the run from the law who passes through Jericho on his way to Mexico. Sizing up the situation, Smith quickly hatches a scheme by which he'll sell his services first to one of the gangs, and then the other, eventually turning the two sides against each other while he stays in the middle and takes the profits generated by both sides. Writer and director Walter Hill based his screenplay on Akira Kurosawa's classic samurai picture Yojimbo, which also inspired Sergio Leone's ground-breaking spaghetti western A Fistful of Dollars.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: Walter Hill, William Wisher Jr., Joseph Merhi
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2000
New Line Home Entertainment


Bruce Willis
as John Smith
Bruce Dern
as Sheriff Ed Galt
Michael Imperioli
as Giorgio Carmonte
Alexandra Powers
as Lucy Kolinski
Ned Eisenberg
as Fredo Strozzi
Ken Jenkins
as Capt. Tom Pickett
R.D. Call
as Jack McCool
Ted Markland
as Deputy Bob
Luis Contreras
as Comandante Ramirez
Raynor Scheine
as Gas Station Attendan...
Tiny Ron
as Jacko The Giant
John Paxton
as The Undertaker
Lin Shaye
as The Madam
Larry Holt
as Border Patrolman
Christopher Doyle
as Brothel Thug
Allan Graf
as Convoy Driver
Randy Hall
as Doyle Thug
Jimmy Ortega
as Ramirez Bodyguard
Tom Rosales
as Ramirez Bodyguard
Chris Doyle
as Brothel Thug
Jim Palmer
as Brothel Thug
Joel Kay
as Strozzi Gang
Kerry Lynch
as Doyle Gang Member
Paul Lyons
as Doyle Gang Member
Rick Merring
as Doyle Gang Member
Michael McBride
as Doyle Gang Member
Scott Pierce
as Doyle Gang Member
Edward Rote
as Doyle Gang Member
Scott Strand
as Doyle Gang Member
Jim Wilkey
as Doyle Gang Member
Andrew Alden
as Strozzi Gang Member
Arnie Alpert
as Strozzi Gang Member
Dana Bambo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Philip Ciano
as Strozzi Gang Member
Robert Coffee
as Strozzi Gang Member
Michael Cordeiro
as Strozzi Gang Member
Sonny D'Angelo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Carmine Grippo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Timothy Gallegos
as Strozzi Gang Member
Michael Lerner
as Strozzi Gang Member
Ken Medlock
as Strozzi Gang Member
Bill Rochon
as Strozzi Gang Member
Joe Kay
as Strozzi Gang Member
Rocky Reyna Galiente
as Strozzi Gang Member
Jonathan Fuller
as Underwood
Steve Eastin
as Seagrove
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Smartly-directed action picture stars Jeff Wincott as a cop who risks it all to stop a group of dirty policemen who have worked out a look-the-other-way deal with a drug czar. Great action sequences and stunts are enhanced by a better-than-average screenplay and performances.

Dean McKenna

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