The Shooting (1967)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Western, Revisionist Western  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Director Monte Hellman used his beloved "hunter as hunted" theme for his near-existential western The Shooting. Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates are starred in this bare-bones tale of an ex-bounty hunter (Oates) with a price on his head and the cocky young gun (Nicholson) who hopes to collect. The film seems to be exclusively populated by Life's Losers; but even with portents of doom throughout, the ending is still a jaw-dropping experience. Demonstrating the parsimony he'd learned while working with Roger Corman, director Hellman shot The Shooting in Utah simultaneously with another feature, Ride in the Whirlwind, for a combined budget of $150,000. Completed in 1967, The Shooting did not receive widespread release until after Jack Nicholson achieved stardom in the early 1970s.

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bounty-hunter, desert, journey, murder, on-the-road, quest, revenge, escort, hitman, persuasion, bounty, brother, partner, twins, conflict

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Cult Film