In “Last Man Standing”, which is broadcast on free TV this Tuesday, Bruce Willis shoots his way through a dusty desert town. Walter Hill’s action hit is also a remake of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars.
That Bruce Willis is a damn tough dog, he has proven in films like “Die Hard”, “Last Boy Scout” or “The Jackal”. The action thriller “Last Man Standing”, which will be broadcast today, May 16 at 10:35 p.m. on Kabel 1, has been somewhat forgotten. Bruce Willis really lets it rip and sends more people into the eternal hunting grounds here than in any of his other films!
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That’s what “Last Man Standing” is about
John Smith (Bruce Willis) makes his way to Mexico, passing through the sleepy border town of Jericho. A dead horse lying on the road prevents him from continuing his journey. When he catches a glimpse of local crime boss Doyle’s (David Patrick Kelly) girlfriend (Karina Lombard) walking by, his car is badly wrecked.
But John stays in Jericho and does not take flight because he sees the desecration of his holy car as a personal challenge – which he is only too happy to take on. A little later he kills the culprit and joins a gangster boss who is an enemy of Doyle: Fredo Strozzi (Ned Eisenberg). But his loyalty is soon over…
Bone dry men’s cinema with a tough Bruce Willis
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Bruce Willis was probably never more hardened than in “Last Man Standing”. His Gunfighter is one of those characters who never run away, but put their complete trust in their own gun. The fact that this grim male image never looks caricatured or ridiculous is due to director Walter Hill (“Driver”), who is probably one of the great masters of masculine cinema. Here he has also used two real classics.
The role model for the bone-dry “Last Man Standing” was the Sergio Leone western “For a Fistful of Dollars”, in which Clint Eastwood, as a silent pistolero, gets caught between the fronts of a gang war and then gradually plays both sides against each other. Also, For a Fistful of Dollars is a remake based on Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Yojimbo: The Bodyguard!
Walter Hill’s “Last Man Standing” is not only based on the Italo-Western, but also on the heroic bloodshed (which John Woo, for example, shaped with films like “The Killer”) and on film noir. The result is a rustic action board that is full of references, but never has to emphasize them obtrusively. Instead, Walter, Hill proves here that he is an expert at concentrating on the essentials and thus displaying an extremely streamlined, concentrated narrative economy.
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