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Targets (1968)

An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay), Polly Platt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim O'Kelly ... Bobby Thompson
Boris Karloff ... Byron Orlok
Arthur Peterson ... Ed Loughlin
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Nancy Hsueh ... Jenny
Peter Bogdanovich ... Sammy Michaels
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Chauffeur
Stafford Morgan ... Salesman - 1st Gunshop
James Brown ... Robert Thompson Sr.
Mary Jackson ... Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan Tanya Morgan ... Ilene Thompson
Timothy Burns Timothy Burns ... Waiter (as Tim Burns)
Warren White Warren White ... Grocery Boy
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... Salesman - 2nd Gunshop
Sandy Baron ... Kip Larkin
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Storyline

Byron Orlok is an old horror-movie star who feels that he is an anachronism. Compared to real-life violence, his films are tame. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson goes on a killing spree... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Trivia

When Tim O'Kelly (the killer) enters his house, a promotion for Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder can be heard. This is ironic for several reasons. First, this movie is the anatomy of a sniper an his murders, showing his life before and during the shootings. Also, the announcement for the film doesn't mention James Stewart (his voice is heard though(. The only actor mentioned is Ben Gazarra, who not only plays the killer in the movie, but years later would work with director Peter Bogdanovich in two features, Saint Jack and They All Laughed (the latter starring Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered by her husband). See more »

Goofs

Admission price sign in drive-in ticket office changes: In at least one shot, adult price is $1.25; in others, $1.50 - both for same movie on same night. See more »

Quotes

Byron Orlok: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I'd like to leave you with a little story to think about as you drive home... through the darkness... Once upon a time, many, many years ago, a rich merchant in Baghdad sent his servant to the marketplace to buy provisions... and after a while the servant came back, white-faced and trembling, and said, 'Master, when I was in the marketplace, I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and I turned to look, and I saw that it was Death that jostled me. And she ...
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Alternate Versions

Some prints begin with a caption about gun-control, added after Robert Kennedy's assassination. See more »

Connections

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"All the good movies have been made."
6 August 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Peter Bogdanovich's first credited directorial effort is Boris Karloff's last great film. A split story of an aging movie star (Karloff) wanting to retire and an unhinged sniper (Tim O'Kelly) going on a shooting rampage. The two stories intersect brilliantly in the film's climax. Watching this you would think the director was an old pro, not a novice. Bogdanovich, who also acts in the movie and does a surprisingly good job, makes the most of the limited budget he was given. He also makes clever use of footage from Karloff's movies The Criminal Code and The Terror. Karloff is fantastic in a role that would be a perfect coda for his career. Yeah he made some more forgettable low-budget horror movies after this but this is such a perfect final film for him that I prefer to think of it as such. O'Kelly is also good in his only notable film role. It's a remarkable movie that's multilayered and perhaps as timely today as it was then. If you enjoy Karloff then, of course, it's a must-see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1968 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

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1.85 : 1
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