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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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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

(at around 1h 00 mins) When Bobby is picking up his guns when running from the tower (after shooting the workman) he fumbles and hit with one of his feet his Smith & Wesson Model 29 caliber .44 Magnum revolver (this is clearly readable by stop-frame and zooming the scene) making it fall from the edge. The revolver is the at rest, that is, with his hammer down. In the next shot the weapon appears, when it falls and splashes into a pool of muddy water at the base of the tower, it can be seen it is now cocked (the hammer fully rear, ready to shoot) a mechanical change that is impossible to happen by any chance due to the fall. See more »

Quotes

Byron Orlok: Oh, Sammy, what's the use? Mr. Boogey Man, King of Blood they used to call me. Marx Brothers make you laugh, Garbo makes you weep, Orlok makes you scream.
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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) 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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