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The Shooting (1967)




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Adrien Joyce wrote this memorable, offbeat western about a mysterious woman who hires a gunman to escort her on a trek across the desert.more
Rating: PG-13 (violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Carole Eastman, Adrien Joyce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2004


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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Critic Reviews for The Shooting

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Shooting keeps making the Western genre feel new, as though it had no conventions.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
The Dissolve

An ambiguously motivated and almost surreal revenge film so open to interpretation it could be the '2001' of Westerns.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Hellman's superb frontier cryptogram

Full Review… | July 30, 2014

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

One of my favorite Westerns.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


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 Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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