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15th Oct '17 1:55:37 AM Malcius
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* InformedAbility: [[spoiler: Butler is stated to be a dangerous gunfighter]] but doesn't get to show this onscreen, due to [[spoiler: Charley killing him immediately with a headshot]].
15th Oct '17 1:39:19 AM Malcius
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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: A number of the one-shot kills during the gunfight.
9th Oct '17 4:14:14 PM BillWoods
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* ArmorPiercingSlap - Delivered by Sue to the corrupt town marshal in the middle of the final show down.
--> "You're a disgrace, Marshal Poole! [SMACK] You always have been!"

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* ArmorPiercingSlap - ArmorPiercingSlap: Delivered by Sue to the corrupt town marshal in the middle of the final show down.
--> "You're a disgrace, Marshal Poole! [SMACK] [''smack''] You always have been!"



* AwesomenessByAnalysis - Charley, thanks to his extensive combat experience, is able to predict about 80% of the fight before it even starts, to the point of predicting what mistakes their opponents are most likely to make. ("I'm almost certain they'll be overly confident in their numbers..."), to the point of (as mentioned below) determining the most probable spots to cache spare weapons in town so they'll be available when the battle moves there. This ability to foresee most of the battle is the only reason two men are able to survive an attack by over a dozen. Charley's plan only begins to fall apart at the very end, as the last phase of the battle turns on several events impossible to know ahead of time (exactly when Baxter's men will have their nerve break, at what point the townsfolk will finally join in, etc.)
* BoomHeadshot - [[spoiler: Butler's]] fate.
* BottomlessMagazines - Played straight in the final show down. On various occasion, Charley fires a lot of more than 6 shots from his revolver. He's even fanning it to fire faster. When he switches the Winchester Repeating Rifle to engage targets from further away, he also fires a lot more shots than the magazine capacity allows. The movie occasionally shows characters reloading their firearms and switching guns, but most of the time they don't seem to need reloading.

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* AwesomenessByAnalysis - AwesomenessByAnalysis: Charley, thanks to his extensive combat experience, is able to predict about 80% of the fight before it even starts, to the point of predicting what mistakes their opponents are most likely to make. ("I'm almost certain they'll be overly confident in their numbers..."), to the point of (as mentioned below) determining the most probable spots to cache spare weapons in town so they'll be available when the battle moves there. This ability to foresee most of the battle is the only reason two men are able to survive an attack by over a dozen. Charley's plan only begins to fall apart at the very end, as the last phase of the battle turns on several events impossible to know ahead of time (exactly when Baxter's men will have their nerve break, at what point the townsfolk will finally join in, etc.)
* BoomHeadshot - BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler: Butler's]] fate.
* BottomlessMagazines - BottomlessMagazines: Played straight in the final show down.showdown. On various occasion, Charley fires a lot of more than 6 shots from his revolver. He's even fanning it to fire faster. When he switches the Winchester Repeating Rifle to engage targets from further away, he also fires a lot more shots than the magazine capacity allows. The movie occasionally shows characters reloading their firearms and switching guns, but most of the time they don't seem to need reloading.



* CardCarryingVillain - Butler.

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* CardCarryingVillain - CardCarryingVillain: Butler.



* CattleBaron - Baxter.
* CombatPragmatist - Butler is the only professional killer amongst Baxter's gang of thugs and cowhands, the fastest and best marksman, and even with one arm in a sling the most dangerous opponent by far. Charley shoots him cold in the middle of a conversation precisely to avoid having to deal with him on even terms.
** Charlie and Boss are pretty much like this in general. When they see a bunch of guys scoping out the heard, instead of just riding headfirst into a gun fight,[[spoiler: they sneak up on them during the night and get the drop on them, before they can make a move.]]
* {{Cowboy}} - Working
* TheDragon - Butler
* EmbarrassingMiddleName - Boss's first name is Bluebonnet. You can't blame him for going by "Boss."
* {{Foreshadowing}} - An in-universe example, when Boss picks up on the subtext of a story someone told earlier.

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* CattleBaron - CattleBaron: Baxter.
* CombatPragmatist - CombatPragmatist: Butler is the only professional killer amongst Baxter's gang of thugs and cowhands, the fastest and best marksman, and even with one arm in a sling the most dangerous opponent by far. Charley shoots him cold in the middle of a conversation precisely to avoid having to deal with him on even terms.
** Charlie and Boss are pretty much like this in general. When they see a bunch of guys scoping out the heard, herd, instead of just riding headfirst into a gun fight,[[spoiler: they sneak up on them during the night and get the drop on them, before they can make a move.]]
* {{Cowboy}} - {{Cowboy}}: Working
* TheDragon - TheDragon: Butler
* EmbarrassingMiddleName - EmbarrassingMiddleName: Boss's first name is Bluebonnet. You can't blame him for going by "Boss."
* {{Foreshadowing}} - {{Foreshadowing}}: An in-universe example, when Boss picks up on the subtext of a story someone told earlier.



* GoryDiscretionShot - The AMC broadcast creates one by making the gunshot softer and speeding up his fall backward so that you don't see the new hole in his head when [[spoiler:Butler]] is shot.

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* GoryDiscretionShot - GoryDiscretionShot: The AMC broadcast creates one by making the gunshot softer and speeding up his fall backward so that you don't see the new hole in his head when [[spoiler:Butler]] is shot.



** During the final gunfight various characters [[spoiler:including Boss and Baxter]] get shot but keep fighting. [[spoiler:Baxter finally succumbs after what looks like taking twelve shots to the upper body, but is still breathing long enough for Boss to be tempted with the idea of putting one final bullet in Baxter's head to make sure.]]

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** During the final gunfight gunfight, various characters [[spoiler:including Boss and Baxter]] get shot but keep fighting. [[spoiler:Baxter finally succumbs after what looks like taking twelve shots to the upper body, but is still breathing long enough for Boss to be tempted with the idea of putting one final bullet in Baxter's head to make sure.]]



* KickTheDog - The Marshall and his men kill the dog Tig, shoot the wounded GentleGiant in head and then nearly beat a boy to death.
* TheLancer - Charley, to Boss.
* MoralityPet - In some ways, Button (and to some extent, his other friends as well) are this for Charley.
* NoPartyGiven - Or, more accurately, no side given. Charley never says whether he fought for the Union or Confederacy in the Civil War. Although the odds are much higher that he fought for the Confederacy than the Union; the Confederates had several irregular units like the one Charley describes (Quantrill's raiders, "Bloody Bill" Anderson's men, Mosby's Rangers, etc.) that operated freely throughout the war, while the Union had far fewer (Lane's "jayhawkers" being the only really prominent one) and allowed them to operate for a much shorter period of time.
* PetTheDog - Charley saves a towns man's dog from drowning in the flooded street.

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* KickTheDog - KickTheDog: The Marshall and his men kill the dog Tig, shoot the wounded GentleGiant in head and then nearly beat a boy to death.
* TheLancer - TheLancer: Charley, to Boss.
* MoralityPet - MoralityPet: In some ways, Button (and to some extent, his other friends as well) are this for Charley.
* NoPartyGiven - NoPartyGiven: Or, more accurately, no side given. Charley never says whether he fought for the Union or Confederacy in the Civil War. Although the odds are much higher that he fought for the Confederacy than the Union; the Confederates had several irregular units like the one Charley describes (Quantrill's raiders, "Bloody Bill" Anderson's men, Mosby's Rangers, etc.) that operated freely throughout the war, while the Union had far fewer (Lane's "jayhawkers" being the only really prominent one) and allowed them to operate for a much shorter period of time.
* PetTheDog - PetTheDog: Charley saves a towns man's townsman's dog from drowning in the flooded street.



--> ''Baxter's Henchman tries the sheriff's door, and finds it locked.''

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--> ''Baxter's Henchman [''Baxter's henchman tries the sheriff's door, and finds it locked.'''']



--> '''Baxter''' (''stares at him''): "No. You go down to the saloon, get the keys from Bill."

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--> '''Baxter''' (''stares [''stares at him''): him'']: "No. You go down to the saloon, get the keys from Bill."



* TorchesAndPitchforks: Once [[spoiler:Baxter is defeated]], the formerly passive townspeople [[spoiler:hunt down his remaining henchman and shoot them on the spot.]]

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* TorchesAndPitchforks: Once [[spoiler:Baxter is defeated]], the formerly passive townspeople [[spoiler:hunt down his remaining henchman henchmen and shoot them on the spot.]]
2nd Apr '17 7:24:23 PM derry667
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* WellDoneSonGuy: There is certainly evidence to support that one of the main reasons Button [[spoiler:leaves his sickbed to walk right into the middle of the final gunfight]] is that he wants to prove his courage and his worth to Boss and Charley. Early scenes in the film establish that he takes criticism from either of them very much to heart. Later, Sue almost {{Lampshades}} the fact that Boss is the main [[ParentalSubstitute Father figure]] in Button's life and Charley's [[TheOnlyWayTheyWillLearn way of teaching harsh truths]] casts him as an AloofBigBrother that Button also desperately wants to earn the respect of.
17th Oct '15 3:38:46 PM pwiegle
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** However, fanning can damage the revolver's mechanism, and is too inaccurate to hit anything beyond extreme close range. The technique was far more often employed by trick shooters to entertain crowds, than by gunfighters in a shootout.
22nd Sep '15 1:01:13 PM nobodyimportant57
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** Charlie and Boss are pretty much like this in general. When they see a bunch of guys scoping out the heard, instead of just riding headfirst into a gun fight,[[spoiler: they sneak up on them during the night and get the drop on them, before they can make a move.]]
10th Sep '15 9:56:29 PM Samewisethe_WEAK
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* BullyingADragon: Baxter's gang was rather eager to pick a fight with the 6'7 Moses, setting off the events of the movie, and leaving several of them heavily injured.
9th Feb '15 3:20:48 AM Morgenthaler
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9th Feb '15 3:00:33 AM Morgenthaler
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Was part of a new era of Costner's self-made and self-starring films that actually met with both critical and viewer acclaim, if not being a runaway hit. It maintains a 7.9/10 on [=IMDb=], and on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79% "fresh" rating from critics and 80% from audiences.



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12th Nov '14 7:18:51 PM shibata33
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* InstantDeathBullet: Averted with the boy. He survives when Butler shoots him. [[spoiler:Then he comes back in the climax, still bandaged, fires off a shot, and is shot ''again'', and survives.]]

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* InstantDeathBullet: Averted with the boy. He Button, who gets shot early on [[spoiler:and survives when Butler shoots him. [[spoiler:Then he comes back in the climax, still bandaged, fires off a shot, and is shot ''again'', and survives.rest of the movie.]]
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