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Parting Shots (1998)

After learning he is dying of cancer, a 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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Michael Winner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rea ... Harry Sterndale
Felicity Kendal ... Jill Saunders
John Cleese ... Maurice Walpole
Bob Hoskins ... Gerd Layton
Diana Rigg ... Lisa
Ben Kingsley ... Renzo Locatelli
Joanna Lumley ... Freda
Oliver Reed ... Jamie Campbell-Stewart
Gareth Hunt ... Inspector Bass
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Detective Constable Ray
Patrick Ryecart ... Cleverley
Peter Davison ... John
Nicky Henson ... Askew
Caroline Langrishe ... Vanessa
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Joseph
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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 <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspondoi filoi See more »

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Sarah Parish (Ad Agency Receptionist) worked with David Tennant on Doctor Who (2005) and Recovery (2007). Peter Davison (John), who played The Fifth Doctor, became David Tennant's father-in-law when he married Davison's daughter Georgia Moffett in 2011. See more »

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Freda: The best I can do is a Beretta 9mm with an extra clip, fast hammer, hair trigger.
Harry Sterndale: I'll need lots of ammunition. Forty rounds.
Freda: Forty rounds, to commit suicide?
Harry Sterndale: I might miss!
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A lot better than you would expect !
13 February 2001 | by RemcoSee all my reviews

This is really a nice movie, with some very good actors, like Oliver Reed, John Cleese and Bob Hoskins. The main role is played by Chris Rea, the great musician, who proves to be an actor too ! Parting shots is a very British movie, with a typical Michael Winner atmosphere. Speaking of a black comedy, this sure is a good movie, which is in my opinion a very underestimated one. Rea's acting is natural, and he perfectly plays a nice guy who becomes a killer.Some superior performances by John Cleese and Oliver Reed make this movie enjoyable enough to entertain you. Just don't expect too much of this movie. Just sit back and enjoy this MW production.


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