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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.

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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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TARGETS are people...and you could be one of them! 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was edited into a GP rated version and re-released in 1971 in order to capitalize on the popularity of The Last Picture Show (1971) 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: [as he being driven to the drive-in theater, looking out the car window, while passing many car dealerships] Gosh, what an ugly town this has become.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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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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