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The Shooting (1966)

G  |   |  Western  |  12 June 1968 (France)
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A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.



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Complete credited cast:
Will Hutchins ...
Billy Spear
Willett Gashade
Charles Eastman ...
Bearded Man
Guy El Tsosie ...
Brandon Carroll ...
B.J. Merholz ...
Leland Drum
Wally Moon ...
William Mackleprang ...
Cross Tree Townsman
James Campbell ...
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A mysterious woman persuades two cowboys to help her in a revenge scheme.

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12 June 1968 (France)  »

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A vadászat  »

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$75,000 (estimated)

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First shown at the Montreal Film Festival in Canada. See more »


During the fight between Willett Gashade and Billy Spear a hat on the ground behind them alternates between being upside down and right side up from shot to shot. See more »


Billy Spear: [Repeated line] You talkin' to me?
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Corman Takes On the Western Genre
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Willet Gashade (Warren Oates), a former bounty hunter, returns to his small mining camp after a lengthy absence and finds his slow-witted friend Coley (Will Hutchins) in a state of fear. Coley explains to Gashade that their partner, Leland Drum (B. J. Merholz), had been shot to death two days before by an unseen assassin. Also starring a young Jack Nicholson.

In 1964, Monte Hellman and Jack Nicholson had made two films together, "Back Door to Hell" and "Flight to Fury", which were produced by Roger Corman and filmed back-to-back in the Philippines. This film was very much in the same vein, this time shot back-to-back with "Ride in the Whirlwind". Nicholson's history with Corman is well-known, but Hellman's career also came from Corman. His first directing gig was "Beast from Haunted Cave" (1959), a Corman film, which was followed up with an uncredited stint on "The Terror" (with Nicholson). In fact, Hellman did not really blossom outside Corman's domain until "Two-Lane Blacktop" (1971).

The film was written by first-time screenwriter Carole Eastman, who would soon write "Five Easy Pieces", another Jack Nicholson vehicle (and much later the Nicholson film "Man Trouble"). As with many involved, she was a Corman veteran, having been responsible for the music in Corman's "Creature from the Haunted Sea" (1961).

It was not until 1968 that the U.S. distribution rights were purchased by the Walter Reade Organization, the same company that distributed "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). No other domestic distributor had expressed any interest in the films. Walter Reade decided to bypass a theatrical release, and the two titles were sold directly to television. In retrospect, it seems bizarre that this film fell into obscurity, but who could have predicted Nicholson's rise to stardom?

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