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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 »


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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

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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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Regional Cinema at Its Finest: The Whole Shootin' Match
9 May 2011 | by weatherl-joshSee all my reviews

The Whole Shootin' Match, a regional film set in Texas and the inspiration for the creation of the Sundance Film Festival, is a wonderful example of the power of a simple story when told by regional actors. Truly, that is the draw of this film; the fact that a viewer from Boston or New York could enjoy it is a testament to the power that regional differences hold when it comes to cinema.

The film's narrative, is very simply and has almost no major events to break it up; it almost feels like art cinema in the way that the film is not plot driven, but character driven.

The cinematography of the film is excellent, with shots that have a documentary feel to them and do not distract from the feeling that the viewer is simply viewing what some folks in Texas during the 70's were like.

While some argue that the main characters in the film are evil, or 1 dimensional, the characters are just good ole boys that are trying to make their way in life, though often failing in these attempts.

Overall, a great film, though particularly good if you are from Texas.

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Release Date:

19 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dieser verdammte Krempel See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA


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$30,000 (estimated)
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