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Isn't It Shocking? (1973)

A small-town sheriff is confronted with the deaths of local senior citizens and strange goings-on in his town.

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A small-town sheriff is confronted with the deaths of local senior citizens and strange goings-on in his town.

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Isso não é Mesmo Chocante?  »

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In his biography 'Please Don't Shoot My Dog', Jackie Cooper claims virulent anti-second amendment actor Alan Alda justified playing a gun-carrying lawman by stating the character he played - a sheriff - wouldn't have actually used his gun. See more »

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References The Man (1972) See more »

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"Why would a man do this? He's nuts, that's why!"
27 July 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Mount Angel, a small New England community inhabited mostly by seniors, is beset with a serial killer; the bachelor chief of police and his kooky assistant figure out the murderer's motive. "Isn't it Shocking?", an ABC movie-of-the-week scripted by mystery writer Lane Slate and directed by John Badham, is full of talent, yet it fizzles out somewhere along the way. The teleplay, the handling and the performances are all offbeat, yet not odd or unusual enough; the scenario is tinged with black comedy, but it isn't funny enough; and, worst of all, there's no guesswork needed in these killings because neither Slate nor Badham is interested in making the film a mystery (the killer is revealed to us right off). Alan Alda has the perfect dryly-eccentric manner for a role like this; if he were comically frazzled, it would add too much weight to the material (he gives the proceedings the cautiously light touch it needs). But there's no sympathy for the elderly victims (the first of whom, a woman, is found stripped), and the succession of funeral services is too gloomy. Badham doesn't provide any sting (or, conversely, any dark humor) to the narrative; he's determined to bend this thing towards the bizarre but, like the pun in the title, he lacks taste and finesse.


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