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A word about the ending......(spoile rs ahead)


Everybody who's seen the film knows that Gregory Peck dies at the end.....but.

What about the possibiity that he faked his death in order to escape his past to start a new life with his ex-sweetheart and their son?

I know it's a huge stretch, but try to imagine Peck's character lying there on the ground, having just been shot. This would have been the perfect time to simply close his eyes (after making that final speech in front of many witnesses to the kid who just shot him about what kind of a terrible life HE'S going to have as nothing more than a target for other "gunnies") and simply pretended he was dead....just that simple.

Afterwards, some folks (meaning his friend the sheriff, and a few other sympathetic people, like the bartender, the barmaid, the doctor, etc) would have carried his body away to the undertakers. There he would have revealed that he was only faking it, the doctor could have stitched him up, and he's now officially dead, free to ride away into the sunset, as the last shot of the film clearly shows him doing. All that's required is a weighted, closed coffin at the funeral, and nobody except a few people know the truth.

Once he's "dead," it'll be easier to start a new life....shave his mustache, change his appearance, etc. And in a year, he meets up with his sweetheart and son in secret and they start a new life together.

Yeah, it's a big leap of faith, but otherwise the ending is way too sad and depressing, after making the audience really root for this guy to put his past behind him and start all over with the only woman he ever loved and the child he never knew.

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you're retarded

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now that's not nice,,,,as far fatch as his little story was.you didn't have to be rude.

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LOL!

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your ending wouldn't work....because if he was fAKING his dealth.
why at the funeral would the wife and son reveil to everbody that she is the wife of the netorious killer jimmy ringo???(or does the sheriff not tell her that jimmy was just faking)????????????but i'm pretty sure that in the old west some out-laws did get away with faking thier own dealths???some say jesse james may have done it!!!!!!!

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Yeah, good point!

Lots of people want to believe that Butch Cassidy didn't go down in a hail of bullets in Bolivia, or that Billy the Kid wasn't shot in the back by Pat Garrett after all, but that both men lived out their lives in peaceful obscurity and died of old age. So why not Jimmy Ringo?

I guess it's all in how you want to see it. If you believe Ringo's alive at the end you do. If not, you don't. After all, how many debates have there been over whether SHANE dies at the end of his movie?

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I've always been curious about one thing.What grade WAS he in at eight and a half?

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Hmm. It's been about three years since I saw it.

I've forgotten if there was a funeral scene. I thought the ending was the 'kid' riding off, and that it was the same night.

The reasons I agree is:

1) I can't think of any reason why he would not fake his death if he wanted to.
Anything that made the death more believable might help, so he might not bring anyone into the conspiracy that didn't need to be there. He'd want the schoolmarm to cry her eyes out and she might not do it if she was told (as another reply suggested.)

2) I just plain want to agree. In the years since I saw it, I've really wanted to figure out a way for him to get out of there and live a normal life.

(I can tell you that my wife and I were hooked on this film within ten seconds of its start -- we were going to turn it off, then we taped it to 'watch it later', but still sat glued to the sofa for the whole 86 minutes, late late late at night. And that is unique, we've never done that before or since.)

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yeah,but again is that fair to the schoolmarm and her kid, after all those years of hiding the truth? now everbody knows that she was married to jimmy ringo...why not just leave and meet ringo some where???? and it dosn't make since not to tell her,,if he was still alive???remember she was the reason he was there in the first place....

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I like to watch westerns on Saturday and Sunday mornings with my kids and we were lucky to chance upon The Gunfighter on EWSTN today. I really like this idea of Jimmy faking his death. I thought at the end it was the spirit of Ringo riding off into the sunset. What I mean by spirit is the idea of the gunfighters of the old west not his spirit. I will go with your idea because it makes the ending more palitable. I was sad that Jimmy was murdered at the end. Sad for him, his wife, his kid and all his friends. I will now think of Jimmy on some nice ranch in California or Oregon living out his years with his family and bouncing his grandkids on his knee as he relates the stories of his days in the old west and they listen with awe. Don't think of Jimmy as a bad man but as a man that, as he said to the ladies, had to kill because it was either him or them. I give this movie a 10 and will tell everyone I know to look for it and watch it.

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yes it was one of the best westerns,,its very underrated

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Its a good western not because there is lots of gunplay. There really wasn't that much. It was a good western because it was a good story. Well written. With human themes It was a story of a man seeking redemption for mistakes, for the foolish way he had lived his life. Who can't identify with a story like that.

And I think the director purposely left the ending ambigous.

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Unfortunately, Ringo was doomed to die a violent death, because of the "sins" he committed. He brought it upon himself. His wife understands this and trys to tell him this, but Ringo has dreams of changing and starting a new life.

Ringo even tells the sherrif -- who had earlier ridden with him as an outlaw -- that he wished he had taken the opportunity to "keep riding" after one of their early heists, change his name, and make a new life for himself -- as the sherrif had done.

But, Ringo was seduced by the glamor of being a famous outlaw. Therefore, he was doomed to pay the price.

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no

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