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Death of a Gunfighter

Famed anonymous director Alan Smithee (in this case a hybrid of original director Robert Totten and replacement Don Siegel, after Totten and Widmark had "artistic differences") directed this western drama concerning Marshal Frank Patch (Richard Widmark), who, even though he has kept the peace in Cottonwood Springs for over twenty years, is now considered a local joke by the town liberals who want some new blood in the Marshall's Office. When he kills a local drunk in self-defense, the town leaders ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman.

Year: 1969
Genre: Westerns
Country: USA
Director: Alan Smithee, Don Siegel, Robert Totten
Starring: Carroll O'Connor, John Saxon, Lena Horne, Richard Widmark
Duration: 90 Minutes
Rating: PG - Violence and coarse language
6.4/10
Location in store: Western

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