"That guy's got to stop ... He'll see us." -- James Dean's last words
"Being dead is no more educational than being a movie star." -- John Wayne,
"You think you're the only crazy one in this family, but you're not."
-- Emily Bennett, Impersonators Anonymous
Late Seventies: Young, would-be movie producer Emily Bennett doesn't believe Have Gun Will Travel star, Richard Boone, when he tells her about a 2/3 completed film, starring James Dean and John Wayne.
But when she meets the old film editor who stole the master negative of the legendary Showdown, she finds two uncannily gifted celebrity impersonators and with the aid of emerging computer technology sets out to complete the movie.
Filming Showdown, Emily and her stars portray characters entangled in an ambiguous love triangle with Oedipal overtones that mirrors their real life dynamic. On top of this and distrusting her prima donnaish director, Emily and her brother (three face lifts) struggle with unresolved issues about their dying father.
All these flawed characters find themselves in the titular showdown of their lives when their interwoven back-stories coalesce in a stormy climax that reveals their hidden animosities and demons.