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Film Fight Friday: Last Man Standing (1996)

It's Friday, and that means we got a brand new installment of Film Fight Fridays on deck. Film Fight Fridays is a new series where we show our appreciation of the best fights captured onscreen, whether on TV or in films. Whether it's gunfights, sword fights, knife fights, or good old-fashioned fistfights, we will showcase them all here every Friday.

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When it comes to action films, Bruce Willis is on many fans Mount Rushmore of action stars, and while he is not for me, he has a ton of iconic films and moments that are perfect for this column. This week I want to showcase his work in the underrated film Last Man Standing which was heavily influenced by Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo. Bruce Willis plays John Smith, a gunslinger for hire caught in a turf war between the Italian mafia and the Irish during Prohibition. Smith involves himself a bit too much on both sides, and the results are incredibly violent for all parties involved, including Christopher Walken who delivered a surprisingly solid performance as an enforcer named Hickey.

The film has some great over the top gunfights, but the final gunfight between an injured Smith and the Irish gang was a great callback to the John Woo style shootouts of films like Hard Boiled, which we showcased in an earlier column. Bruce Willis conducted a symphony of violence with those dual Colt 1911s on par with the stuff we see from John Wick.

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While the film is not stellar by any means it had a great cast and who delivered some solid performances and some top-notch gunplay. Last Man Standing is usually on cable often and is worth checking out. What did you think of this week's film? Let us know in the comments.

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