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Last Man Standing (1996)



Critic Consensus: Last Man Standing's brooding atmosphere and bursts of artfully arranged action prove intriguing yet ultimately insufficient substitutes for a consistently compelling story.

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A drifting gunslinger-for-hire finds himself in the middle of an ongoing war between the Irish and Italian mafia in a Prohibition era ghost town.

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Bruce Willis
as John Smith
Bruce Dern
as Sheriff Ed Galt
Michael Imperioli
as Giorgio Carmonte
Alexandra Powers
as Lucy Kolinski
Ned Eisenberg
as Fredo Strozzi
Ken Jenkins
as Capt. Tom Pickett
R.D. Call
as Jack McCool
Ted Markland
as Deputy Bob
Luis Contreras
as Comandante Ramirez
Raynor Scheine
as Gas Station Attendant
Tiny Ron
as Jacko The Giant
John Paxton
as The Undertaker
Lin Shaye
as The Madam
Larry Holt
as Border Patrolman
Christopher Doyle
as Brothel Thug
Allan Graf
as Convoy Driver
Randy Hall
as Doyle Thug
Jimmy Ortega
as Ramirez Bodyguard
Jim Palmer
as Brothel Thug
Kerry Lynch
as Doyle Gang Member
Paul Lyons
as Doyle Gang Member
Rick Merring
as Doyle Gang Member
Michael McBride
as Doyle Gang Member
Scott Pierce
as Doyle Gang Member
Edward Rote
as Doyle Gang Member
Scott Strand
as Doyle Gang Member
Jim Wilkey
as Doyle Gang Member
Andrew Alden
as Strozzi Gang Member
Arnie Alpert
as Strozzi Gang Member
Dana Bambo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Philip Ciano
as Strozzi Gang Member
Robert Coffee
as Strozzi Gang Member
Michael Cordeiro
as Strozzi Gang Member
Sonny D'Angelo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Carmine Grippo
as Strozzi Gang Member
Timothy Gallegos
as Strozzi Gang Member
Ken Medlock
as Strozzi Gang Member
Bill Rochon
as Strozzi Gang Member
Joe Kay
as Strozzi Gang Member
Rocky Reyna Galiente
as Strozzi Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for Last Man Standing

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

Last Man Standing is such a desperately cheerless film, so dry and laconic and wrung out, that you wonder if the filmmakers ever thought that in any way it could be... fun.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

...makes no excuses about what it is: an old-fashioned shoot-'em-up with an invincible hero.

July 5, 2010 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

The film chokes to death on Walter Hill's dusty artistry.

September 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Wry, cold and confident, Willis squints and blasts his way through the film, a blazing pistol in each hand.

June 24, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Walter Hill's Last Man Standing is an overlooked action masterpiece that perfectly blends the Western and the gangster film.

October 10, 2005 | Rating: 9/10

For all the gunplay and assorted violence, there is nothing between the action scenes to engage the audience.

September 10, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Man Standing

Smartly-directed action picture stars Jeff Wincott as a cop who risks it all to stop a group of dirty policemen who have worked out a look-the-other-way deal with a drug czar. Great action sequences and stunts are enhanced by a better-than-average screenplay and performances.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Long on action, short on engagement, which makes for a high-body-count-but-who-cares-anyway sort of film. Walter Hill's got a beautiful redneck noir thing going here, a dusty Texas podunk town in the middle of nowhere,hoods dressed outta Capone's Chicago days, everyone talking tough (right on the edge of parody - only Walken seems to know, dipping his toes into it every once in awhile) and acting smart, but his characters fail to connect, dulling the possibilities. Then the gunplay starts again, right when you was starting to doze off, and it don't seem so bad then.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Joe Monday: You know, for a guy with no principles, sometimes you act kinda peculiar.  "There are two sides to every war. And John Smith is on both of them." Last Man Standing is not a horrible remake of Yojimbo. But I've got two films to compare it to; those being Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars. When you look at it beside them, it obviously isn't going to compare. Really, Last Man Standing isn't that bad, but it suffers from trying to be as cool as Yojimbo and A Fistful of Dollars, when it never could be. Bruce Willis has a cool presence in the movie, but his eyes half shut, whispering routine gets old quicker than normal.  There's some things I did like about the film though. I liked the dusty look to the movie. I liked the new setting for the same story. This time it's in Jericho, Texas during the prohibition days. The town looks like your standard western setup. I also liked Christopher Walken in a gruff voice, scarred face, bad guy role. The stuff I like just doesn't balance up great with the stuff I don't. If you've seen Yojimbo or A Fistful of Dollars, you know this story. It's a cool one. A drifter comes into a war torn town and plays both sides against each other. He plans on making as much money as he can by switching sides at different times, when the money is better on the opposing side. Bruce Willis plays John Smith, the drifter. He's a master gunman and must also be a master dodger because hundreds of people shoot at him, yet none hit him. It's one of those invincible character movies, and I guess I'm fine with that.  This is a story that is so cool that whenever it is remade again, I'll watch it. This one just didn't have everything going for it like the other two, but it's still worth a watch. I probably would have liked it much more if I hadn't seen the other two before it. Knowing how great those two are really does rake away from this. If you haven't seen any of the three, I would suggest watching this one first. You'll get more enjoyment out of this one than I did.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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