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The Deadly Tower (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Thriller | Action | Drama  -  18 October 1975 (USA)
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The infamous story of Charles Whitman, "America's favourite sniper" (in Stephen King's words), is told here once again.

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Charles Whitman
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Ramiro Martinez (as Richard Yñiguez)
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Allan Crum
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Lieutenant Lee
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Captain Fred Ambrose
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C.T. Foss
Alan Vint ...
Tim Davis
Maria Elena Cordero ...
Vinni Martinez (as Maria-Elena Cordero)
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Charles Whitman is student at the University of Texas in Austin. He often suffers from headaches, during which he tends to violence. One night, he kills wife and mother, buys a number of rifles and loads of ammunition and takes them to the top of the tower of the university, where he barricades himself. With his long-range weapons his starts to shoot at everything that moves. Already until the police arrives, there are numerous people wounded or dead. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Thriller | Action | Drama

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According to the book "Suicide by cop", Houston felt that Whitman could have shot him and Martinez, but he didn't because he was waiting for them to shoot him. See more »

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The movie is set in 1966, but features clothes and cars from the early '70s. See more »

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Lieutenant Elwood Forbes: Sorry to bother you, but I understand you told one of my men earlier about a guy in here buying guns and ammo. Could you tell me what he looked like?
Gun Shop Owner: Like I told the officer on the phone, I don't pay attention to how my customers look.
Lieutenant Elwood Forbes: Can't you try to remember?
Gun Shop Owner: Well, he was a big man. Short hair, nice looking.
Lieutenant Elwood Forbes: Did you know him? Have you ever seen him in here before?
Gun Shop Owner: Like I told the officer who called, I don't pay attention to how my customers look.
Lieutenant Elwood Forbes: Don't you think it's strange? A man walks in ...
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Classic TV Movie now on DVD!!
9 February 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A powerful 1975 TV movie about the real life events that took place on the University of Texas campus in 1966 when a deranged 25 year old Charles Whitman began shooting people from the top of the Tower. When it was all over it would be the largest one-person murder spree in U.S. history to date. Whitman played by a young Kurt Russell who at the time was known for his light hearted Disney movies. Russell's portrayal of the killer is very effective as he keeps silent like a man possessed. This was an early glimpse of the kind of role Russell would do later in the 80's with Escape from New York and The Thing. The movie also focuses on the rescue team and police officers who put their lives on the line that fateful day. YouTube has some actual live news footage of that August day in 1966 where a camera is fixed on the Tower and you can see the assailant moving around and shots being fired. The movie is now on DVD through Warner Brothers Archive Collection and it looks great!! Also check out the real life crime TV movies Killer in the Family and The Deliberate Stranger on Warner DVD!


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