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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.

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Peter Bogdanovich

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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Production Co:

Saticoy Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "good movie" with quality that Sammy, played by Peter Bogdanovich, wanted Boris Karloff's semi-autobiographical character to do, in a sense, is this movie, Targets, as compared to the three lousy movies he had already done... which were the movies by Roger Corman, including The Terror, used throughout this movie, and that was supposedly directed by Sammy. The irony is that Bogdanovich is trying to talk Boris Karloff into acting in the movie we're watching: The one last quality picture that's not a b-horror picture. Also ironic, is that Karloff is merely intruding upon the real story of the spree-killer. See more »

Goofs

(at around 39 mins) As Bobby drags his mother's body to her bedroom, a camera shadow can be clearly seen moving up the wall and door to the left. See more »

Quotes

Byron Orlok: Order some breakfast, would you Jenny?
Sammy Michaels: [Hungover after a night of drinking with Orlok] Oh, I couldn't eat on an empty stomach.
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Some prints begin with a caption about gun-control, added after Robert Kennedy's assassination. See more »

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Corman's best production
5 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

One of the best low budget films I have ever seen. Film within a film revolves around Karloff as the aging horror film star and Peter Bogdanovich as the young director who must convince him to be in his next movie -- or there may be no movie. Add one psychotic sniper and it's all good fun and really pretty scary (thinking about it now, it seems pretty topical, sadly). The sniper never really offers an explanation or speechifies -- it's way more naturalistic and scary that way. A first rate thriller..... 10 out of 10. Should please Karloff fans and those just looking for a good thrill ride.


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