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Last Man Standing

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Critics were sharply divided over Walter Hill’s dusty reworking of Yojimbo and Fistful of Dollars, which despite its somber mood sports a higher body count than a Schwarzenegger movie. The unusually taciturn Willis plays a Depression-era triggerman who breezes into a ramshackle Western town and pits rival bootlegging factions against each other. Walken’s scar-faced, froggy-voiced enforcer comes off as raw, undiluted malevolence in a snap-brim fedora, and Bruce Dern is well cast as the weaselly sheriff who’s always looking the other way. The small screen softens Hill’s frequent shoot-outs somewhat but doesn’t otherwise diminish the strengths of Last Man Standing.