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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During post-production, Michael Winner requested Oliver Reed's services to dub one particular scene due to bad sound recording on location. Phoning the Hampstead hotel where Reed was staying at, Winner was told by the receptionist that he had gone out the previous evening, got drunk and been arrested outside a tube station. Reed rang the Hampstead police station, only to be told by the desk sergeant that Reed hadn't been charged because the officers found him so charming. Just minutes later, a taxi drew up outside Winner's house and Reed clambered out. He was in no fit state to dub and the session was useless. Winner recalled the next day, "He was very humble and ashamed that he'd spent the night in the cells. And then he went off and that was the last time I ever saw him". See more »


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12 July 2000 | by (Memphis) – See all my reviews

I thought that Parting Shots was a superb film. Not only was it an extremely original, witty script but the acting on display was of the finest calibre. (Chris Rea in particular) Rea is not only a talented singer and musician but showed here that he can excel an actor when working with material of the highest quality. Winner has shown yet again that he is a master of his trade. Best Bit:- Has to be the shooting on the moor. Well choreographed, and very believable.

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