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Targets (1968)

An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.


Peter Bogdanovich


Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay), Polly Platt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim O'Kelly ... Bobby Thompson
Boris Karloff ... Byron Orlok
Arthur Peterson ... Ed Loughlin
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Nancy Hsueh ... Jenny
Peter Bogdanovich ... Sammy Michaels
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Chauffeur
Stafford Morgan ... Salesman - 1st Gunshop
James Brown ... Robert Thompson Sr.
Mary Jackson ... Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan Tanya Morgan ... Ilene Thompson
Timothy Burns Timothy Burns ... Waiter (as Tim Burns)
Warren White Warren White ... Grocery Boy
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... Salesman - 2nd Gunshop
Sandy Baron ... Kip Larkin


Byron Orlok is an old horror-movie star who feels that he is an anachronism. Compared to real-life violence, his films are tame. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson goes on a killing spree... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The freeway shooting scenes were "stolen", meaning they were done without permits. Walkie-talkies were used to communicate with the cast members out on the freeway, telling them when to act as if they had been shot. Two cameras were used - one with a telephoto lens and one with a wide-angle lens. The last shot was done with the woman trying to run away as the police had been called after someone saw her fall, and the production crew bugged out before they arrived. See more »


(at around 11 mins) Exterior of Thompson home does not match layout of interior sets. When Bobby pulls up in front of house, front door is set flush in a wall that runs entire length of building; yet when he enters, there is windowed wall that runs along right side of entry hall that could not possibly coexist with exterior. See more »


Byron Orlok: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I'd like to leave you with a little story to think about as you drive home... through the darkness... Once upon a time, many, many years ago, a rich merchant in Baghdad sent his servant to the marketplace to buy provisions... and after a while the servant came back, white-faced and trembling, and said, 'Master, when I was in the marketplace, I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and I turned to look, and I saw that it was Death that jostled me. And she ...
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"All the good movies have been made."
6 August 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Peter Bogdanovich's first credited directorial effort is Boris Karloff's last great film. A split story of an aging movie star (Karloff) wanting to retire and an unhinged sniper (Tim O'Kelly) going on a shooting rampage. The two stories intersect brilliantly in the film's climax. Watching this you would think the director was an old pro, not a novice. Bogdanovich, who also acts in the movie and does a surprisingly good job, makes the most of the limited budget he was given. He also makes clever use of footage from Karloff's movies The Criminal Code and The Terror. Karloff is fantastic in a role that would be a perfect coda for his career. Yeah he made some more forgettable low-budget horror movies after this but this is such a perfect final film for him that I prefer to think of it as such. O'Kelly is also good in his only notable film role. It's a remarkable movie that's multilayered and perhaps as timely today as it was then. If you enjoy Karloff then, of course, it's a must-see.

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Release Date:

15 August 1968 (USA) See more »

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$130,000 (estimated)
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Saticoy Productions See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.85 : 1
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