A Gunfight (1971)

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    • A Gunfight (1971)




      Plot Summary
      Will Tenneray and Abe Cross are two famous gunfighters who are getting old and need money. Cross tried his luck at gold prospecting but failed. Tenneray works at the local saloon where he capitalizes on his past fame to "sucker fools into buying drinks". The town expects them to become enemies and kill each other in a gunfight but the two aging gunfighters start liking one another. Desperate for money, Tenneray suggests to Cross to put on a show for the townsfolk and fight in an arena for money. The proceeds from the ticket sales would go to the winner of the gunfight. Both men like the idea of a paid show but hate the possibility of one of them killing the other.
      Written by nufs68

      Kirk Douglas ... Will Tenneray
      Johnny Cash ... Abe Cross
      Jane Alexander ... Nora Tenneray
      Karen Black ... Jenny Simms
      Dana Elcar ... Marv Green
      Robert J. Wilke ... Marshal Tom Cater
      Keith Carradine ... The Young Gunfighter
      Eric Douglas ... Bud Tenneray
      Paul Lambert ... Ed Fleury
      Raf Vallone ... Francisco Alvarez
      James D. Cavasos ... Newt Hale
      Philip L. Mead ... Kyle Briggs
      George Le Bow ... Dekker
      John J. Wallwork ... Toby Leach
      Neil Davis ... Canbury
      Dave Burleson ... Poker Player
      Douglas Doran ... Teller
      John Gill ... Foreman
      Timothy Tuinstra ... Joey
      Dick O'Shea ... 2nd Poker Player
      R.C. Bishop ... MacIntyre
      Donna Dillenschneider ... Saloon Hostess
      Paula Dillenschneider ... Saloon Hostess

      Lamont Johnson

      Writing Credits
      Harold Jack Bloom ... (written by)

      Harold Jack Bloom ... producer
      Saul Holiff ... associate producer
      A. Ronald Lubin ... producer
      Kirk Douglas ... executive producer (uncredited)

      Laurence Rosenthal

      David M. Walsh ... director of photography

      The film received $2 million in financing from the Jicarilla Apache tribe in order to keep production in the United States, rather than abroad.

      Feature film debut of Eric Douglas, son of Kirk Douglas.

      Feature film debut of Keith Carradine, son of actor John Carradine.

      A clip from this film featuring Johnny Cash as Abe Cross saying "You stay the hell away from me, ya hear?" featured in Cash's final music video before his death. The video was the widely acclaimed "Hurt" directed by Mark Romanek

      The film had been banned by the Mexican Film Bureau from Mexican territory because it presented a false image of Mexico and the Mexican people. However, there is no information that the production company intended to shoot the film in Mexico.


      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Eaves Movie Ranch - 105 Rancho Alegre Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Madrid Bullring, Madrid, SpainWatch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • A Gunfight is a Western movie from 1971 directed by
      Lamont Johnson, starring Kirk Douglas and Johnny Cash.

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

      User Review

      Whoever wins loses.
      18 January 2013 | by Spikeopath (United Kingdom)

      spike wrote:

      A Gunfight is directed by Lamont Johnson and written by Harold Jack Bloom. It stars Kirk Douglas, Johnny Cash, Jane Alexander, Karen Black and Raf Vallone. Music is by Laurence Rosenthal and cinematography by David Walsh.

      Will Tenneray (Douglas) and Abe Cross (Cash) are two ageing gunfighters who after meeting each other in town hit it of straight away and actually like and respect each other. However, with both men in need of money and the whole town intrigued as to who would win in a gunfight between them, Tenneray hits upon the idea of the two of them having the gunfight and selling tickets to the event, with the winner receiving the ticket proceeds…

      It was the first mainstream American film to be financed by American Indians—the Jicarilla Apaches—but this in now way was a propaganda move since the narrative has nothing to do with Native Americans. It's a most unusual Western in a lot of ways, off beat and deliberately played for fun at times, yet it pulses with dark thematics involving the human condition. Stripped bare is the fickle value of celebrity status, deftly cloaked with the ignorant blood-lust of a paying public.

      Director Johnson keeps the pacing smooth as we get to know both men and watch their relationship unfold. All the while we are getting a grasp on the townsfolk in general, while the two ladies of the men's world are impacting greatly due to the sensitive screenplay. All roads lead to the ironic venue of a bullfighting arena across the border, where a full house of paying patrons come to see one of the men die. Whoever that is doesn't really matter, the caustic insertion of a dream sequence at film's end leaves us in no doubt that the winner really hasn't won at all.

      With great performances from Douglas and Alexander, and good ones from Cash and Black, film also holds up well on the acting front. But the real stars here are Johnson and Bloom, for they have produced a clever picture that doesn't over reach itself by trying to be cerebral. It deserves to be better known and appraised. 7.5/10
      Best Wishes
      London- England