Parting Shots (1998)

 |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  14 May 1999 (UK)
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After learning he is dying from cancer an failed photographer illegally buys a pistol and decides to go vigilante and get his revenge on all those who have made his life a misery.



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Harry Sterndale, a failed photographer, is told that he has only three months to live due to him getting cancer. After thinking things over he decides that since he is dying anyway that he will kill or destroy all the people that has ever crossed or hurt him during his entire life. So Parting Shots becomes literally the shots fired by Harry when he knows he is parting this earth. After all, he will be dead anyway long before he can come to trial and get his just desserts from society. Harry even falls in love with Jill and hires an assassin to kill him in style. However there is just one small problem with Harry's master plan - the cancer diagnosis is totally inaccurate and now he's got a hitman on his trail and several policemen want to talk to him over some murders... Written by Lee Horton <>

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When Harry found out he had six weeks to live, something snapped...and it wasn't his camera.


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Worst Film of the Decade
31 December 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was horrible. Sure there are worse films but no film in recent history has wasted a better cast than this and that is why I rate it so low. Cleese, Kingsley, Lumley,Hoskins and frickin Oliver Reed! plus Diana Rigg!!!! this thing has a dream cast!... I was gobsmacked by the director's (Michael Winner) ability to convince talent to be in this thing- he must have some sort of hypno-mind control superpower or something because if the film is a legitimate representation of the script then you'd need mind control to get any sane person to commit. then there's poor Chris Rea, a true first timer with a single, pathetic mode of delivery. he struggles with the inane material as best he can but never actually hits more than this one note. He may have actually had a shot at a career if someone with a little directing skill had helped him out! This is one of those prime examples of "it ain't how good you are it's who you know." and Michael Winner seems to know a lot of people.

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