The Shooter (I) (1997)

R  |   |  Western  |  23 October 1997 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.9/10 from 416 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 6 critic

The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this ... See full summary »


(as Ed Raymond)


0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Black Thunder II (1998)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Marcus Aurelius, Catherine Bell, Michael Cavanaugh
Hardball (Video 1997)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

JERSEY BELLINI and his girlfriend B.B. are in the kind of business that can really strain a relationship... See full synopsis »

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Lisa Howard, Tony Curtis
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

Rick Harding is a former Marines officer, now working in the FBI as a chemical weapons designer. While packing up for the night, a group of armed soldiers led by wanted criminal Carlos ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Jacobson
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Paul Winfield, Richard Norton
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general.

Director: Ted Post
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Tommy Hinkley, Hanna Azoulay Hasfari
Crash Dive (Video 1997)
Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The crew of the nuclear submarine USS Ulysses rescues supposed victims of a boat disaster, but the victims turn out to be terrorists intent on capturing nuclear weapons aboard the sub. Only... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Stevens
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Frederic Forrest, Reiner Schöne
Bounty Hunters (Video 1996)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Jersey Bellini is a bounty hunter who forms an uneasy partnership with a rival to capture a fugitive. But the hunters soon discover that the crook is also the man the mob most wants dead! ... See full summary »

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Lisa Howard, Ben Ratner
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

When a peace treaty between America and Syria is thwarted, the renegade head of the Syrian army retaliates in a major way. He steals a nuclear weapon that only the Freedom Strike team can ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry P. Jacobs
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Tone Loc, Felicity Waterman
Rescue Me (1992)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Fraser's unrequited love for the beautiful and rich Ginny gets a chance to prove itself, when she is suddenly kidnapped. He teams up with rebel Mac, who's got a score to settle with the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Stephen Dorff, Ami Dolenz
Counter Measures (Video 1998)
Action | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

US Navy medical officer Jake Fuller is detailed for a goodwill visit aboard a Russian submarine. But he and his companion, Lt. Swain, end up alone among terrorists, who have taken over the ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Olen Ray
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, James Horan, Alexander Keith
Soldier Boyz (1995)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

A group of prisoners are going to Vietnam to rescue the daughter of a V-I.P. The Ones who survive get their freedom back...but hell awaits them.

Director: Louis Morneau
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tyrin Turner
Cyberjack (1995)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

In the near future Nassim, terrorist leader, storms computer company headquarters. His aim is deadly computer virus that could bring him world domination. Nick, company janitor and ex-cop, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lee
Stars: Michael Dudikoff, Suki Kaiser, Brion James
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander

Director: Aaron Norris
Stars: Tony Pierce, Robert F. Lyons, Michael Dudikoff


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Atherton
Kyle Tapert
Jacob Finch / Narrator
Eric Lawson ...
Mayor Pete Sayers
Libby George ...
Deputy Casey (as Matt Anderson)
Bill Langlois Monroe ...
Vince Krants (as William L. Monroe)
Ryan Latshaw ...
Marc Vahanian ...


The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this hero is caught and brutally beaten and left to die, only to be saved by a prostitute that has also suffered under the hand of this group of desperados. The only one possible to stand up to the shooter is another solitary man who joins with the notorious family although he is deputized as the town's sherif. Written by BOB STEBBINS <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Shooter  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (cut)

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Eric Lawson suffered injuries on the set after an accident, which cut his career and reduced him to minor parts in small projects. See more »


After Atherton recovers and shoots up the guys in the barn, the surviving deputy runs and tells Kyle about it. The sole of Kyle's boots are obviously rubber, with a modern tread pattern. See more »


Duncan: I can't believe it. Krants is dead!
Kyle: Don't get your hopes up too soon!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

a nice change of pace for Dudikoff
11 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Getting away from action movies for awhile, Michael Dudikoff does a western for a change, and the results are one of his best movies. This time around, he plays a mysterious drifter (what else?) who gets more than he bargained for when he comes to the rescue of a woman in the desert and returns her to town. County singer Randy Travis is good as one of the bad guys, and Valerie Wildman does a nice job as the girl. Veteran character actor William Smith is also (as always) a standout, with that gravely voice that just makes him perfect casting for the bad guy. Also nice is seeing Dudikoff play a vulnerable character, one who can't rely on fancy fighting skills to stay alive. One scene that helps to support the vulnerability of his character is when he's overcome by thugs and beaten to a bloody pulp and left for death. Afterwards, he must recover with the help of Wildman, and when he's well enough, he comes back gunning for revenge. Though it sometimes has the look of a film that was made by a bunch of friends wearing costumes gathered from some second-rate clothing stores, it works for what it is. Dudikoff isn't going to replace Clint Eastwood as the next western megastar, but he's good in the film and gets to show off a different side with his character. Worth a rental for those looking for a decent 90 minutes on a dull night.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Shooter (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: