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A Gunfight (1971)





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A Gunfight was the first mainstream American film to be produced by an Indian tribe -- specifically, the Jicarilla Apaches of New Mexico. Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash star as Will and Abe, two long-in-tooth gunfighters with nary a dime between them. Although Will and Abe are fast friends, they agree to a winner-take-all showdown, selling tickets to the momentous event. The townspeople are certain that Will is going to win the shootout, but he knows that it would be a fatal mistake to underestimate Abe. Standing on the sidelines is Will's wife Nora (Jane Alexander), who seems curiously disinterested in the outcome, even though she may become a widow before the day is over. Despite the financial input of the Jicarilla tribe, A Gunfight has nothing to do with Indians; perhaps the tribe just wanted to put together a good, old-fashioned western, sans any social commentary.


Raf Vallone
as Alvarez
Dana Elcar
as Marv Green
Bob Wilke
as Marshal Cater
James Cavasos
as Newt Hale
Paul Lambert
as Ed Fleury
Eric Douglas
as Bud Tenneray
Dave Burleson
as 1st Poker Player
Dick O'Shea
as 2nd Poker Player
John Gill
as Foreman
R.C. Bishop
as MacIntyre
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Critic Reviews for A Gunfight

All Critics (3)

It's agin bloodlust, but is all about bloodlust to sell its tale.

Full Review… | April 23, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Great names (Douglas and Cash) do not a great western necessarily make. This is definitely not a great oater.

April 20, 2007
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for A Gunfight

120826: This is a neat film for multiple reasons. First off, it is the first mainstream American movie to be produced by an Indian tribe, the Jicarilla Apaches of New Mexico. And, in no way is it a commentary on the condition of American first nations. It's a western, speaking more on society's thirst for violence and, perhaps, what midlife crisis would be for aging gunfighters. Keith Carradine makes a short, cool and exciting appearance and you get to see what the results would for either combatant had they won, regardless of who actually wins. The only aspect I did not like is Johnny Cash (show me some musician who's done as good job as an actor).

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

A clip from this film featuring Johnny Cash as Abe Cross saying "You stay the hell away from me, ya hear?" is featured in Cash's widely acclaimed final music video "Hurt". Kirk Douglas' son is played by his real life son Eric Douglas (1958-2004).

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