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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim O'Kelly ...
Bobby Thompson
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Byron Orlok
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Ed Loughlin
Monte Landis ...
Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Nancy Hsueh ...
Jenny
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Sammy Michaels
Daniel Ades ...
Chauffeur
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Salesman - 1st Gunshop
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Robert Thompson Sr.
Mary Jackson ...
Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan ...
Ilene Thompson
Timothy Burns ...
Waiter (as Tim Burns)
Warren White ...
Grocery Boy
Mark Dennis ...
Salesman - 2nd Gunshop
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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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"I just killed my wife and my mother. I know they'll get me. But before that, many more will die..." See more »

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15 August 1968 (USA)  »

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Before I Die  »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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Drive-in scenes were shot at the since-closed Reseda Drive-In Theatre in Reseda, CA, as clearly shown on the marquee and screen tower. Early in the movie, the Sepulveda Drive-In in Van Nuys is briefly shown in the background as Bobby drives down the highway. On the DVD commentary, Peter Bogdanovich incorrectly credits this as being the Reseda Drive-In. See more »

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The typeface of Bobby's note changes between shots. In the close-up of the word "DIE", the "I" is sans-serif; when the entire note is shown, the letters have normal typewriter serifs. See more »

Quotes

Byron Orlok: [watching the audience seeing his movie] Strange not getting any reaction, isn't it?
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A disturbing film...
25 August 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

and for the right reasons as it contrasts a Monster from the pages of real life, a quite seemingly normal fellow who unexpectedly goes off the deep end and winds up on a killing spree, with an old Horror film icon named Byron Orlock, clearly based on the man who plays him Boris Karloff himself. Karloff gives one of the finest performances of his career here and thereby raises this film's overall quality. Along with a brisk pace and some scenes that disturb and haunt the viewer long after viewing, TARGETS is a masterpiece of terror.


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