The Whole Shootin' Match (1979)





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A low-budget, sepia-toned mini-classic that shows the dignity and humanity of the human spirit, The Whole Shootin' Match is the story of two young Texas men chasing their dreams to get rcih.
Comedy , Drama
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New Line Cinema


Lou Perry
as Loyd
Doris Hargrave
as Paulette
David Weber
as T. Frank
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Critic Reviews for The Whole Shootin' Match

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

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November 17, 2011
Time Out
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November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

The Whole Shootin' Match is priceless.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's no revolution, but comic-pastoral traditionalism refined to its essence.

November 13, 2007
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The Whole Shootin' Match

You probably have never have heard of it, but this little gem has had a decisive influence on American independent film of the past 30 years. Priceless.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

More fresh and unexpected than truly good but I was happy to be introduced to "regional independent American cinema". This story of two friends struggling their way to the next beer, the next girl and the next dollar that will pay the rent or buy a bike for the son made me think a lot about Monte Hellman. Pennell is interested in the unsung comical heroes that are the backbone of rural America. The two main characters drift through life in a fashion that a critics branded "Texistentialism". The camera work is pleasant enough ans often very interesting, the story is often highly humorous but gets at times a bit too long. Overall, I'd say it is a must see for whoever is interested in independent US cinema.

Ben Gui
Ben Gui

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