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Targets (1968)

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Elderly horror-film star who, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theater, confronts a psychotic Vietnam 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
Stafford Morgan ...
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
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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Plot Keywords:

drive in | gun | rifle | sniper | serial killer | See more »

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TARGETS are people...and you could be one of them! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 August 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Before I Die  »

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Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Voices of Joey Bishop and announcer Regis Philbin can be heard in background, excerpted from Bishop's late night ABC TV talk show of late Sixties. See more »

Goofs

Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff) pours Sammy Michaels (Peter Bogdanovich) a drink - straight, no ice. Moments later, the drink in Sammy's tumbler has ice cubes in it, yet it's clear from the sequence that neither Orlok nor Sammy have changed position or moved at all. See more »

Quotes

Kip Larkin, Dejay: OK, groovy, groovy. Now, um, somebody announces me on the PA, uh, laddies and janes, papas and mamas, here's your boss dis daddy, the winner spinner with the sounds around, Kip the Hip Larkin, le-e-t's hearken Larkin...
Sammy Michaels: All right then, after you finish plugging your show you introduce Mr. Orlok and we can get on with it.
Kip Larkin, Dejay: No plugs, not Kip the Hip, I am just gonna tell 'em what a big thrill this is for me, and that's no put-on. When I was a kid, Mr. O., I musta dug your flicks four zillion times...
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Corman's best production
5 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

One of the best low budget films I have ever seen. Film within a film revolves around Karloff as the aging horror film star and Peter Bogdanovich as the young director who must convince him to be in his next movie -- or there may be no movie. Add one psychotic sniper and it's all good fun and really pretty scary (thinking about it now, it seems pretty topical, sadly). The sniper never really offers an explanation or speechifies -- it's way more naturalistic and scary that way. A first rate thriller..... 10 out of 10. Should please Karloff fans and those just looking for a good thrill ride.


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