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Shoot (1976)

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Derivative of the John Boorman action thriller Deliverance (1972), this grim, ostensibly socially-conscious parable is at its best moments disturbing, and at its worst, absurd. Cliff Robertson stars as Rex, a gun enthusiast and military veteran who, with his buddies Lou (Ernest Borgnine) and Zeke (Henry Silva), stalks wild game in the forest. It's a weekend ritual that Rex in particular eagerly anticipates, as he is bored and disillusioned with his marriage and career. After a frustrating day that's left them empty-handed, however, the party comes to a river. Another band of hunters appears on the other side, menacingly staring them down. Suddenly a gun goes off, and Zeke retaliates by shooting and killing one of the men on the other riverbank. After an exchange of gunfire, Rex and his friends win the skirmish, driving their attackers off. Deciding to keep the incident a secret from the police, they round up a posse of friends and pursue the other hunters through the woods in a bloody mini-war that only the reasonable Lou seems to question. Shoot also bears some passing similarity to a later and far superior film, Southern Comfort (1981). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Cliff Robertson
as Maj. Rex Jeanette
Ernest Borgnine
as Lou Jonkheer
Henry Silva
as Zeke Springer
Gloria Carlin Chetwynd
as Ellen Jeanette
Kate Reid
as Mrs. Graham
Alan McRae
as Billy Platt
Peter Langley
as Marshall Flinn
Helena Hart
as Helen Newhouse
Ed McNamara
as Sgt. Bellows
Lloyd White
as Volunteer
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[Harvey] Hart, for all his egregious handheld-camera zeroings-in and cutaways to available-light overhead shots, has nothing really to tell us about this environment or the people who live there.

May 4, 2012 | Full Review…

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