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The Shooting (1967)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1967 Wide

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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

Nov 30, 2004

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Hellman's superb frontier cryptogram

July 30, 2014 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm
Kinetofilm

One of my favorite Westerns.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

If there ever was an existential Western, this one is it.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Doesn't ask to be taken as an existentialist mechanism per say, though it certainly functions as one.

May 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An all-time great "B" Western with metaphysical undertones.

February 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The film's ending is a favorite amongst cultists and it acts as the paradigm of Camus' thinking: stoic, but humane, and advocating nature over violence.

May 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Shooting

warren oates is so friggin' great in this film. the near constant air of menace is mostly down to him and the soundtrack. a very young jack nicholson gets by more on his unusual looks and ability to ride a horse than anything else. and millie perkins' performance is odd to say the least. the paranoid, existential and so-called 'acid' western said to have been inspired by the kennedy assassination
February 5, 2013
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Stella Dallas

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A very unique movie, it's really basic and dreamy. It feels more like an acid trip than an actual movie, the camera never moves toward the focus of the scene but wherever it feels like going. For the very little dialogue and character development it has, Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson manage to have some very memorable characters. It's not exactly an essential part of film history or westerns, but it's interesting.
June 28, 2010
ythelastman89

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Peculiar Western...existential, indeed. Millie Perkins sure was beautiful, but I think she's out of her depth as an actress here.
November 19, 2009
Eric Broome

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