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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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Lt. Elwood Forbes
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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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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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[a receptionist on the top floor sees Charles Whitman exiting the nearby elevator and hauling a large trunk]
Receptionist: Sir? Can I help you. I'm sorry, you can't take that up their without permission!
Charles Joseph Whitman: [points to the door to the nearby security office] Who's in there?
Receptionist: Nobody now, they're at lunch but you still can't take that on the observation deck.
Charles Joseph Whitman: [grabs the receptionist and forces her to the elevator] Listen, you go on down and don't you come back here... not if your life means anything to you!
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Real Life Sniper
7 August 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Jerry Jameson directed this based-on-fact TV movie that stars Kurt Russell(effectively cast against type) as deranged sniper Charles Whitman, who targets students and passerby on a tower located at the University of Texas, in Austin. Richard Yniguez and Paul Carr play the two police officers who hunt down Whitman, aided by a civilian(played by Ned Beatty) in the tense climax. Well acted and directed film is presented in an effective matter-of-fact way, and handles the tragic events with care. Whitman remains an enigma here, but film avoids the usual clichés and heavy-handed speechifying to become a memorable docudrama of its kind.


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