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Parting Shots (1998)

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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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Chris Rea ...
Harry Sterndale
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Jill Saunders
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Maurice Walpole
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Gerd Layton
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Lisa
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Renzo Locatelli
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Freda
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Gareth Hunt ...
Inspector Bass
Nicholas Gecks ...
Detective Constable Ray
Patrick Ryecart ...
Cleverley
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John
Nicky Henson ...
Askew
Caroline Langrishe ...
Vanessa
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Dr. Joseph
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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 <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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14 May 1999 (UK)  »

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Former Doctor Who actress Nicola Bryant appears 29 minutes into the film, in a small role as Beverley, a prostitute hired by Harry and John. In the original series of Doctor Who, Nicola Bryant played Peri companion to the 5th Doctor (Peter Davison) and 6th Doctor (Colin Baker). In the film, John is played by Peter Davison. See more »

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Much more enjoyable than the reviews suggest
12 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This really is quite an entertaining romp. The cast is 'all-star' from a British perspective and generally put to good use. It's not laugh out loud funny but it is fun. The general idea of bumping off those who've upset you in life when you know you're going to die is a nice one. It got me thinking about my 'list' anyhow! I guess as a Micael Winner film it could be seen as a kind of comedy 'Death Wish'!. Oliver Reed is particularly good fun as a world-weary assassin. Chris Rea in the lead role is not at all bad in a down-beat kind of way and it's a mild surprise that we've not seen him in anything else since (at least I haven't). I don't think you'd be disappointed if you see this film.


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