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The Shooter (1997)

The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Olen Ray (as Ed Raymond)

Writer:

Tony Giglio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... Michael Atherton
Randy Travis ... Kyle Tapert
Valerie Wildman ... Wendy
Andrew Stevens ... Jacob Finch / Narrator
William Smith ... Jerry Krants
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Paul
Robert Donavan ... Mayor Pete Sayers
Cal Bartlett ... Sheriff
Hoke Howell ... Duncan
Libby George Libby George ... Gina
Matthew R. Anderson Matthew R. Anderson ... Deputy Casey (as Matt Anderson)
Peter Sherayko ... Ed
William Langlois William Langlois ... Vince Krants (as William L. Monroe)
Ryan Latshaw Ryan Latshaw ... Darien
Marc Vahanian ... Tyler
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The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this hero is caught and brutally beaten and left to die, only to be saved by a prostitute that has also suffered under the hand of this group of desperados. The only one possible to stand up to the shooter is another solitary man who joins with the notorious family although he is deputized as the town's sherif. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Shooter See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Eric Lawson suffered injuries on the set after an accident, which cut his career and reduced him to minor parts in small projects. See more »

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After Atherton recovers and shoots up the guys in the barn, the surviving deputy runs and tells Kyle about it. The sole of Kyle's boots are obviously rubber, with a modern tread pattern. See more »

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[Cleaned up and dressed as a proper lady, Wendy starts to leave. The cruel bartender stops her]
Bartender: Hold it! Where're you going?
Wendy: I'm leaving.
Bartender: Oh really? Exactly where do you plan on going?
Wendy: Away from you!
Bartender: [gripping her by the arm] You ain't goin' no place.
Wendy: [mutters] How much?
Bartender: How much for what?
Wendy: How much for you to let me leave?
Bartender: [chucles] How much you got?
[...]
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A welcome change of role for Michael Dudikoff.
28 September 1998 | by Jacky-4See all my reviews

"The Shooter" was a different type of film for Michael Dudikoff. Although normally associated with action flicks that incorporate martial arts, this film , because it was a western, enabled him to display that he is a far more capable actor than certain formula story lines have allowed.

The major problem, of course, is that the film does not allow any solid character development. The fleshing in is really left to the viewer . We can only guess at the sadness that has made the Shooter, whose real name is Michael Atherton, the killer that he is- a killer, mind you, that a little town, terrorized by a local bully, welcomes as a hero who can release it from its misery.


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