Dec. 8, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST
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Dec. 8, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST
I saw it on TV in the UK a looong time ago and then caught part of it shortly after moving to the US but could never find out what the name was. Then, ah, Google and IMDB.<p>Could you make this film today? Yes, but it would never make a dime at the box-office and I imagine the critical response would be interesting: a mix of repulsion over the violence and weighty thoughts on government watching over us and protecting us and unseen threats. Whatever. I don't think this movie needs to be remade, it should just be celebrated as a great thriller of a bygone era.
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:18 a.m. CST
by Stuntcock Mike
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:19 a.m. CST
by The Eskimo
I've been waiting for this review for a while now. I have a certain geeky love for sports-based movies (seems kind of condradictory, doesn't it?), and this is one of my favorites. The direction and pacing makes this film, because without a good director this hodgepodge of shots and characters could've easily turned into a big mess confusing. I am really glad you gave this one a thumbs up!
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST
by The Eskimo
Don't you hate talkbackers who correct themselves in a follow-up posts even though we all realized what you meant the first time? Yeah, me too.
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
Even as a kid I thought it was brilliant, despite the ambiguous ending.
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
Sigh.<p> I just have to express that every now and again so I don't become lost entirely in all the other supposedly important things that my brain should really be concerned with.<p>
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST
...going to see this with my father (R.I.P.) at the (now torn down) Northland Cinema in St. Louis, MO. I was a little dude (only 3/4 years old maybe) and I don't remember much about it - except for how intense the music was.
Dec. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST
I love that! Trivia point - Gena Rowlands was married to Cassavetes and I think was in a number of films in and directed by him. One of the great things about this series is Quint has hit on a number of films I'd never heard of prior. I might have to check this one out...
Dec. 8, 2008, 12:15 p.m. CST
by Sir Nigel Lengthington-Smythe
Also has a sniper at the Coliseum.
Dec. 8, 2008, 12:26 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
I own his autobiography, and have re-read it several times. It's interesting reading. And yet, I never heard of this movie. Now after reading this reviw I need to see it. Thanks for the education Quinn.
Dec. 8, 2008, 12:38 p.m. CST
I was so glad to see the TARGETS shout-out. Karloff was so excellent in that. "Is Boris Karloff gonna have to smack a bitch?"
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:02 p.m. CST
...See The Sniper (1952) by Edward Dmytryk. It is a film noir that follows a psychotic looser who goes around shooting women and sending letters to the police begging to be stopped. Not quite as good as Targets, but some of the death scenes have some real impact (no pun intended). <p> I also want to say thanks Quint for such a great column. One of the joys here isn't so much to read about movies I haven't seen, but instead to see your reaction to movies that I love. I think we can all relate to the thrill of showing a movie we love to someone who hasn't seen it and getting to see their reaction to it. Can't wait to see your take on some of the Sellar's movies and the Stranger.
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST
or maybe just from the tv ads, etc, at the time of its release it just stuck with me. Either way, it's all very familiar to me.<p>By the way, they could do this movie "today"; it was done just 6 years ago. It was called "Phone Booth".
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST
Gena Rowlands was in The Notebook, directed by John Cassavetes' son, Nick (who is also her son)
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:11 p.m. CST
How much did you love The Conversation?
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST
Then you are a voyeur.
Dec. 8, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST
Is mindnumbingly amazing. What a fantastic and brilliantly executed thriller. Another example of the kind of movie that doesn't seem to exist any more.
Dec. 8, 2008, 3:09 p.m. CST
of the DC sniper. I don't believe there was ever a terrorist sniper in this country before the DC sniper. It would just hit too close to home now just like they can't make a movie with jets colliding into skyscrapers.
Dec. 8, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST
A really great and unique low-key horror slow burn. Think you'll really dig it, Quint!
Dec. 8, 2008, 3:58 p.m. CST
Actually, there has been many "terrorist" snipers in the US before the Beltway sniper: Charles Whitman, Mark Essex, Joseph Paul Franklin, etc. But I do think the Beltway sniper has left a bigger impression then the others, mostly do to the fact they seemed to have a better grasp of "showmanship", leaving behind notes, death cards and such. But while people might not be able to deal with a sniper-killer in a movie just yet, wait one or two years and then they will be able to handle it again, unlike the plane into the building thing you mentioned (still a ways before we can see that happen as entertainment again).
Dec. 8, 2008, 4:11 p.m. CST
a mess of ripped off ideas from other, better horror movies and some genuinely odd imagery. Michael Winner meets Dario Argento, basically. That said, I'm more than happy to see it again - must have been 20 years since I saw the flick. And, yep, there's a great cast assembled, if nothing else. And if Gus Van Sant can make a post-Columbine think-piece like ELEPHANT, there's plenty of room for a sniper thriller...
Dec. 8, 2008, 4:34 p.m. CST
Especially when coupled with '70's Hackman.
Dec. 8, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST
Charlton Heston was just so cool in the 70's. You knew you were in for a good time when you went into the theater to see a movie he was staring in. The man didn't take crap from apes, earthquakes or snipers. And forget "I Am Legend", if you want the real deal, then check out Chuck in "The Omega Man". If only he had not turned down the role of Brody in "Jaws".
Dec. 8, 2008, 9 p.m. CST
...the thinking man's Forrest Gump
Dec. 8, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST
by Charles Grady
Oh, man, the TV cut is something else; Definitely from that era when Uni used to bizarrely reconfigure and recut their movies for the TV cut; TMW was a mainstay of mid-80s syndicated TV late-night or afternoon movies, and they'd ALWAYS show the "expanded" cut, usually over two nights, meaning it was over 3 hours long and pretty much a totally different movie. When I finally saw it on Encore in the '90s, I couldn't believe how lean and efficient (though still cheesy) it was; The TV cut has long scenes inside an art museum and robbers busting in to steal paintings; Really, just fucking ODD that they'd go back out and FILM SHIT FROM SCRATCH to put into a network TV showing (though I guess Carpenter did this when making Halloween II: shooting padding footage for the original's broadcast.) Like, imagine now, WB ordering the Wachowskis back onto the soundstage like in *2011* to film an extra ten minutes of SPEED RACER.
Dec. 8, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST
Curious to see your reaction to that one. It's a pretty wierd flick, but I've always dug it.
Dec. 9, 2008, 3:37 a.m. CST
But I think you could have squeezed Dr Strangelove in the Sellers films there.
Dec. 9, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST
These are films Quint owns but has never seen. As much as people are shocked at some of the films on his list as it is, if Quint had put Dr. Strangelove on the list I think the shock and outrage would literally be transferred through the internet to him from readers and cause him to spontaneously combust.
Dec. 9, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
I heard that gay talk show host and game show creator Merv Griffith and actress Martha Griffin are not related. Is that genetic, is it because they have different last names or am I thinking of George and Martha Plimpton?
Dec. 9, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST
From what I can glean from the past few reviews, he's a 'hopeless romantic' who 'loves a good sniper movie'. You should put that on your online dating profile, buddy! Seriously, great column. Keep it up.
Dec. 9, 2008, 5:10 p.m. CST
It was Barry Morse! Nine years after killing the One Armed Man, he changed his mind about Kimble being innocent and decided to stop chasing him and just blow the sunnavabitch away!
Dec. 10, 2008, 12:24 p.m. CST
Do yourself a favor and rent it today! They nailed the Whitman character!