Directed by Lamont Johnson
Cast: Kirk Douglas as Will Tenneray
Johnny Cash as Abe Cross
Jane Alexander as Nora Tenneray
Karen Black as Jenny Simms
Dana Elcar as Marv Green
Robert J. Wilke as Marshal Tom Cater
Keith Carradine as The Young Gunfighter
Eric Douglas as Bud Tenneray
Paul Lambert as Ed Fleury
Raf Vallone as Francisco Alvarez
James D. Cavasos as Newt Hale
Philip L. Mead as Kyle Briggs
George Le Bow as Dekker
A Gunfight is a western film released by Paramount in 1971, and was directed by Lamont Johnson and financed by the Jicarilla Apache Tribe. This was the first film financed by a Native American tribe.
Will Tenneray is a former gunfighter, now living in the town of Baja Rio in Mexico. His glory days are over and he is settled down with a wife and son, earning his living by being the attraction at a local saloon.
Abe Cross is also a former gunfighter, now making his living by prospecting. As he makes his way across the desert his horse is bitten by a rattlesnake and Abe makes his way to Baja Rio to find help for his horse. While the horse is being treated he is stranded in town.
Both men are bored with their lives and when they meet in town they form a kind of kinship and become friends. However, the people of the town are excited at the prospect of the two famous gunslingers both being in town and are eagerly thinking there is the prospect of a real battle between the two.
When Will and Abe hear the stories of how much money is changing hands, being bet on the outcome of the hoped-for gunfight, they decide to appease the avaricious townsfolk by having a duel and selling tickets– with the winner taking all….literally.
In the film the character of Abe Cross says, “You stay the hell away from me, ya hear?”. That line was included in Johnny Cash’s music video Hurt, which was released in 2002 on his American IV: The Man Comes Around album.