That most excellent writer Lee Pfeiffer at Cinema Retro links to an article about a topic going on the net--the similarities betwen The Shootist and Gran Torino.
"I no longer feel like a voice in the wilderness - another film critic has written about the parallels between Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino and John Wayne's final film The Shootist. The former is certainly inspired by the latter, though both are great movies in their own right. Robbins presents some film clips to illustrate his point, plus also provides a welcome glimpse of young Clint in the Universal monster movie Revenge of the Creature."- Lee Pfeiffer
The article's short but the movie clips are excellent.
for the article go here: