The Shooting

1967

The Shooting

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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.

Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Billy Spear
Warren Oates
as Willett Gashade
Will Hutchins
as Coley Boyard
B.J. Merholz
as Leland Drum
Charles Eastman
as Bearded Man
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Audience Reviews for The Shooting

  • Feb 05, 2013
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2012
    okay in parts, Nicholson is great when hes in it, and warren oates carrying the movie does some good stuff, i just didnt get into overall plot/story of film.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2010
    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.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2009
    An OK western with Jack Nicholson playing the hired gun
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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