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Parting Shots (1998)

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 <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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After finishing work on this film, Oliver Reed signed on to the Oscar-winning Roman epic "Gladiator" as Proximo. But the film was Reed's final performance, as the actor died of a fatal heart attack during production. It was Michael Winner who persuaded him to take the role. See more »

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Hilarious Brit-com starring Chris Rea
12 July 2000 | by (Steel River, UK) – See all my reviews

Chris 'The Monkey' Rea seamlessly makes the transition from talented radio-friendly singer-songwriter to a dramatic tour-de-force in this magnificent film from Michael Winner (of Death Wish 3 fame.)

Rea plays sick photographer Harry Sterndale who has been diagnosed with cancer (Rea captures this magnificently with an understated performance to rival Brando in his prime). Sterndale then decides to reap revenge on all the people who have caused misery in his life (the 'Parting Shots' as the title suggests). An all star cast (Felicity Kendall, Gareth Hunt, Peter Davidson) all manage to get the best out of Rea's performance.

I suggest anyone who hasn't seen this movie does so now, if only for the hilarious restaurant scene where Sterndale (Rea) and Jill Saunders (Felicity Kendall) can't seem to catch the eye of the waiter.

Parting Shots has propelled British comedy onto the world stage.


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