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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.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay), Polly Platt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Byron Orlok
Tim O'Kelly ... Bobby Thompson
Nancy Hsueh ... Jenny
James Brown ... Robert Thompson Sr.
Sandy Baron ... Kip Larkin
Arthur Peterson ... Ed Loughlin
Mary Jackson ... Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan Tanya Morgan ... Ilene Thompson
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Paul Condylis Paul Condylis ... Drive-In Manager
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... Salesman - 2nd Gunshop
Stafford Morgan ... Salesman - 1st Gunshop
Peter Bogdanovich ... Sammy Michaels
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Chauffeur
Timothy Burns Timothy Burns ... Waiter (as Tim Burns)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

REMARKABLE! TERRIFYING AND THRILLING! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before I Die See more »

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Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Saticoy Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to daughter Sara Karloff, this is her favorite film in which her father appears. See more »

Goofs

Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff) pours Sammy Michaels (Peter Bogdanovich) a drink - straight, no ice. Moments later, the drink in Sammy's tumbler has ice cubes in it, yet it's clear from the sequence that neither Orlok nor Sammy have changed position or moved at all. See more »

Quotes

Byron Orlok: You know what they call my films today? Camp! High camp!
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Alternate Versions

Some prints begin with a caption about gun-control, added after Robert Kennedy's assassination. See more »

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A disturbing film...
25 August 2003 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

and for the right reasons as it contrasts a Monster from the pages of real life, a quite seemingly normal fellow who unexpectedly goes off the deep end and winds up on a killing spree, with an old Horror film icon named Byron Orlock, clearly based on the man who plays him Boris Karloff himself. Karloff gives one of the finest performances of his career here and thereby raises this film's overall quality. Along with a brisk pace and some scenes that disturb and haunt the viewer long after viewing, TARGETS is a masterpiece of terror.


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