Last Man Standing

1996

Last Man Standing

Critics Consensus

Last Man Standing's brooding atmosphere and bursts of artfully arranged action prove intriguing yet ultimately insufficient substitutes for a consistently compelling story.

37%

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Total Count: 30

51%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 50,066
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Movie Info

A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

Cast

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 Attendant
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
Jim Palmer
as Brothel Thug
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
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
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Critic Reviews for Last Man Standing

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (19)

Audience Reviews for Last Man Standing

  • Jan 24, 2016
    This film felt like a cheap PS2 game most of the time with lots of action where the hero can rack up a body count without taking a single hit, The plot is simple but over crowded in places, Poorly acted plus the name of film gives away the ending, It's only worth the 2 stars because of the action.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2013
    Long on action, short on engagement, which makes for a high-body-count-but-who-cares-anyway sort of film. Walter Hill's got a beautiful redneck noir thing going here, a dusty Texas podunk town in the middle of nowhere,hoods dressed outta Capone's Chicago days, everyone talking tough (right on the edge of parody - only Walken seems to know, dipping his toes into it every once in awhile) and acting smart, but his characters fail to connect, dulling the possibilities. Then the gunplay starts again, right when you was starting to doze off, and it don't seem so bad then.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2013
    Bruce Willis is the Last Man Standing in the American remake of the Kurosawa classic Yojimbo. The story follows a gun for hire who decides to take advantage of a bootlegging war between two rival gangs in the border town of Jericho. Done in the noir genre, the writing is fairly interesting and has a very stylized motif. Additionally, the cast includes some interesting supporting actors such as Christopher Walken, Bruce Dern, and Leslie Mann. And while the characters are mostly stereotypes, the action is quite impressive. Last Man Standing has a number of flaws, but the gratuitous violence and artistic directing keeps the film engaging.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2012
    Joe Monday: You know, for a guy with no principles, sometimes you act kinda peculiar.  "There are two sides to every war. And John Smith is on both of them." Last Man Standing is not a horrible remake of Yojimbo. But I've got two films to compare it to; those being Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars. When you look at it beside them, it obviously isn't going to compare. Really, Last Man Standing isn't that bad, but it suffers from trying to be as cool as Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars, when it never could be. Bruce Willis has a cool presence in the movie, but his eyes half shut, whispering routine gets old quicker than normal.  There's some things I did like about the film though. I liked the dusty look to the movie. I liked the new setting for the same story. This time it's in Jericho, Texas during the prohibition days. The town looks like your standard western setup. I also liked Christopher Walken in a gruff voice, scarred face, bad guy role. The stuff I like just doesn't balance up great with the stuff I don't. If you've seen Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars, you know this story. It's a cool one. A drifter comes into a war torn town and plays both sides against each other. He plans on making as much money as he can by switching sides at different times, when the money is better on the opposing side. Bruce Willis plays John Smith, the drifter. He's a master gunman and must also be a master dodger because hundreds of people shoot at him, yet none hit him. It's one of those invincible character movies, and I guess I'm fine with that.  This is a story that is so cool that whenever it is remade again, I'll watch it. This one just didn't have everything going for it like the other two, but it's still worth a watch. I probably would have liked it much more if I hadn't seen the other two before it. Knowing how great those two are really does rake away from this. If you haven't seen any of the three, I would suggest watching this one first. You'll get more enjoyment out of this one than I did.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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