Wayne’s swan song in library series

Jun 21, 2014
Ron Howard takes a shot while John Wayne looks on in “The Shootist.”

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

This month’s movies have been Westerns and will conclude June 27 with “The Shootist,” a 1976 film rated PG that runs 98 minutes. An aging gunfighter (John Wayne) decides to go out with a bang after being told he is dying of cancer. In the short time he has left, the gunfighter settles some unfinished business with a gambler (Hugh O'Brian) and teaches a young friend (Ron Howard) not to follow his example. This reflective Western from director Don Siegel (“Dirty Harry”) was the last feature film Wayne made before losing his own battle with cancer.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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