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May 6, 2017
1940's film noir is neither original nor suspenseful.
½ November 30, 2013
good gangster B movie fare
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2011
Generic film noir that's high on enthusiasm but low on everything else. Substandard production, direction and editing make it difficult to watch, not to mention a cast that's listed in the screen actor's directory under "Obscure".
May 7, 2007
A corrupt Assistant Distric Attorney (MacDonald) starts to aspire to true political and criminal greatness when his new secretary (Walters) encourages him to think big. But, she has an agenda of her own, and even as the ADA is playing various criminals against each other so he can emerge as the last man standing, other plans are being set into motion.

"Shoot to Kill" is a fairly standard crime drama that's made interesting by some nice plot twists and a Big Reveal that is actually rather surprising. (I spent most of the film thinking that it was borrowing from Shakespear's "MacBeth", but it turned out I was wrong.)

With fine performances by all actors (MacDonald and Walters in particular excel as a pair of devious, two-faced schemers that can't be trusted under any circimstances), and a fast-paced, clever plot where the standard issue wise-cracking reporter (Wade) has mercifully little actual screen-time, I think fans of classic crime dramas and film noir will find this a nice way to spend an hour.

Shoot to Kill
Starring: Edmund MacDonald, Russell Wade, Luana Walters, and Robert Kent
Director: William Berke
February 1, 2007
Solid "B" film noir, fast paced, exciting and well acted. Taut direction and a lot is done with the low budget of the film. Snappy dialogue. Interesting throughout.
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