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Pigeon Religion - “Shootist”

James Stewart in an autographed publicity still for The Shootist (1976).

James first appeared here in 1938 for Frank Capra’s You Can’t Take It With You and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington .  His other great films here are Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, Call Northside 777, Winchester 73, Harvey, The Naked Spur, The Glenn Miller Story, Rear Window, The Man From Laramie, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Spirit of St. Louis, Vertigo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and The Flight of the Phoenix, for a total of 18 films.

Backdraft is a 1991 action thriller film directed by Ron Howard and written by Gregory Widen. The film stars Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca De Mornay, Donald Sutherland, and Robert De Niro. Jason Gedrick and J. T. Walsh co-star in the film. The story is about firefighters in Chicago on the trail of a serial arsonist who sets fires with a fictional chemical substance, trychtichlorate.

Ronald William “Ron” Howard (born March 1, 1954) is an American film director, producer and former child actor. He came to prominence playing Opie Taylor in the sitcom The Andy Griffith Show for eight years, and later the teenaged Richie Cunningham in the sitcom Happy Days for six years. He appeared in the films American Graffiti in 1973 and The Shootist in 1976, the latter during his run on Happy Days.

Ron Howard
Genre: Drama
Price: $9.99
Rental Price: $2.99
Publish Date: May 24, 1991

Ron Howard directs an all-star cast in this exciting action-thriller that shows you the mystery, drama and devastation of fire as you’ve never seen it before! Kurt Russell and William Baldwin star as two feuding siblings carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. But when a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Scott Glenn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rebecca DeMornay, Donald Sutherland and Robert DeNiro also star in this acclaimed suspense story filled with some of the most awe-inspiring fire sequences ever filmed.

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