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The Whole Shootin' Match (1978)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 19 March 1978 (USA)
Lloyd (Lou Perry) and Frank (Sonny Davis), two lifelong friends and self-styled entrepreneurs in Austin, try to find the get-rich-quick scheme that will actually get them rich. Lloyd has ... See full summary »


Eagle Pennell


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Credited cast:
Lou Perryman Lou Perryman ... Loyd (as Lou Perry)
Sonny Carl Davis ... Frank
Doris Hargrave Doris Hargrave ... Paulette
Eric Henshaw Eric Henshaw ... Olan
David Weber David Weber ... T. Frank
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Rhonda Lynn's Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Becker Margaret Becker ... Diane
Wayne Bell Wayne Bell ... Radio & TV Announcer #2
Martin Boozer Martin Boozer ... Fireman
Sue Dahlman ... LuAnn (as Sue Rainford)
Dana Dutton Dana Dutton ... Woman
Dell Edwards Dell Edwards ... Norma
Cindy Hanson Cindy Hanson ... Rhonda Lynn
Wayne Jacons Wayne Jacons ... Goon #1
Marty Manning Marty Manning ... Radio & TV Announcer #1


Lloyd (Lou Perry) and Frank (Sonny Davis), two lifelong friends and self-styled entrepreneurs in Austin, try to find the get-rich-quick scheme that will actually get them rich. Lloyd has developed a new invention that he's sure will finally lead to the success he and Frank have been chasing their whole lives. Their golden ticket is a combination mop, vacuum cleaner and floor polisher, but before prosperity arrives, reality intrudes on their plans. Written by Ipsith

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You got to get your mind right.


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

19 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dieser verdammte Krempel See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)
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Watchmaker Films See more »
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The cast and crew all worked for free. See more »


Frank: [after Loyd's proposition to get into the polyurethane business] "Now this is a real good one Loyd, you want me to get in a business I can't even pronounce the name of? Poly-whatcha-doodle-all-day?"
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Strong Texan Movie
30 April 2011 | by oparasonSee all my reviews

This low budget independent film, The Whole Shootin' Match, directed by the late Eagle Pennell is a film that portrays what many Texans consider the quintessential blue-collar Texan. The film is set around Austin, TX and is shot in black and white using actors/actresses from the region. This authentic feel pierces through to the audience and as someone from Austin the characters are the type of people I could consider friends and neighbors. It stars Sonny Carl Davis as Lloyd and his best friend and business partner Frank played by Lou Perryman. The two of them start up various small-time business ventures that inevitably flounder. This causes them to often find themselves out of work and broke, but they have a resolute belief in their abilities and a determination to succeed, and are convinced that one day Frank will invent the right product or service that will make them rich. In addition to his constant lack of work Frank has many other problems in his life. He has an alcoholic and his wife is being seduced by his cousin. He is also is an adultery and does not try to hide it. These problems caused several arguments between his wife Paulette, played by Doris Hargrave. Throughout the whole film there is one constant and powerful theme to the movie and it's the friendship between Frank and Lloyd that is mutually supportive, completely trusting, enduring and ultimately touching when Lloyd hits a low point in movie. The flaws in these two characters such as their stupidity and naivety lay at the heart for their one success to ultimately become a failure like all the other schemes to get rich. Overall the film is one about the strength of friendship and the perseverance to achieve one's goal no matter how far-flung they are.

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