The Shooting - A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.
The Shooting (1966)
Director: Monte Hellman
Writer: Carole Eastman (as Adrien Joyce)
Stars: Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Will Hutchins
Release Date: 12 June 1968 (France)
Also Known As: Das Schiessen - Nur der Stärkste überlebt
Filming Locations: Kanab, Utah, USA
An ex- bounty hunter turned miner returns to his mine dig to find one of his partners dead, how brother has run away and the remaining partner is slightly simple and unclear as to what happened. warren is enlisted by a mysterious women to take her across the desert. The woman is strange and keeps changing her story about what she wants and why. On the journey they pick up a gunslinger the woman has hired. The party ends up tracking a rider who is ahead of them. Warren figures out that the trip is really to track down the rider. It's along hot trip across the desert with a purposeful woman,a homicidal gunslinger, the former bounty hunter and his simple sidekick and the unknown quarry.
"This right here is a painfully overlooked western that, in my opinion, should be mentioned right along with classic westerns like Once Upon a Time in The West or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Though perhaps not quite as good as those films, it's an under-appreciated classic nonetheless. The actors are all very good, especially a very young Jack Nicholson playing his trademark lunatic years before it was his trademark. Though his character has a fairly small role and doesn't show up until over half way through the movie, he is easily the best character involved. The rest of the actors are good as well, and Millie Perkins is one heck of a beautiful woman. The plot, which I wont ruin for you, is very well written and delivers a completely unexpected twist at the very end. The only complaint that I can think of about this film is the pacing. There are moments when it drags pretty badly, but aside from that it's a truly great film that deserves more recognition." Written by Vampenguin on IMDb.com.
"This movie has been described as an existential Western. For once I can see how that is not a pretentious way of describing a film. Like Johnny Depp's character William Blake from Jim Jarmusch's "Dead Man", we discover that the West was not a nice place to be. Only in "The Shooting" we realise that the past is also a claustrophobic place. From the start we are given first-person camera-shots, we see the dusty cloying ground, we feel wary, not knowing if a bushwhack is coming upon us. The music from Richard Markowitz is a passable pastiche of Penderecki and fully adds to the loneliness and isolation. The most claustrophobic shot is when we are put into a tent with Coley and Willett. Coley is half-crazy in a cabin-fever state, having been awake two days guarding against an unknown killer who has blown his associate's face off. The tent is of wondrous antiquity, and closes in on them. The movie descends into a dance of death, a crazy mass suicide into the middle of the Utah desert.
The final scene plays out as a scramble up a grey valley covered in dirty gold boulders. Just totally exquisite. Perhaps the best western you'll ever see." Written by oOgiandujaOo_and_Eddy_Merckx on IMDb.com.
Also Known As (AKA):
(original title): The Shooting
Australia: The Shooting
Brazil: O Tiro Certo
Brazil: Disparo para Matar
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title): Изстрелът
Canada (English title): The Shooting
Finland: Hän ampui ensin
France: La mort tragique de Leland Drum
France (alternative title): Le visage de la haine
France: The Shooting ou La Mort Tragique de Leland Drum
Germany (DVD title): Das Schiessen - Nur der Stärkste überlebt
Greece (transliterated title): O pistolero
Greece: Ο πιστολέρο
Hungary: A vadászat
Italy: La sparatoria
Poland: W poszukiwaniu zemsty
Portugal: Duelo no Deserto
Soviet Union (Russian title): Огонь на поражение
Spain: El tiroteo
UK: The Shooting
USA (original script title): The Epitaph
Uruguay (original subtitled version): Rumbo al infierno
West Germany: Das Schießen
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