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Shoot or Be Shot (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 January 2002 (USA)
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An escaped mental patient holds a film crew hostage and forces them to film his screenplay.

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J. Randall Argue

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J. Randall Argue (screenplay), Steve Catanzaro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Harvey Wilkes
Harry Hamlin ... Jack Yeager
Scott Rinker ... Ben Steinman
Julianne Christie ... Heidi / Fiona
Marcus Ashley ... Patrick
Johanna Stein ... Rachel
John Paul Pitoc ... Hector
Elena Sahagun ... Lupe
Vinnie Bilancio ... Alex
Tim Thomerson ... Uncle Bill
Rick Overton ... Sasha
Sanjay ... Quickie Mart Owner (as San Jay)
Lisa Long ... Jaded Actress
Jayson Creek Jayson Creek ... Piss & Vomit Man
Jeff Sumner ... Plaid Shirted Guy
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An escaped mental patient holds a film crew hostage and forces them to film his screenplay.

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Making a movie has never been so crazy!

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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USA

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Shooting Stars See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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PorchLight Entertainment See more »
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Harvey Wilkes are the middle names of the patsys involved in Presidential assassinations,John Wilkes Boothe(Lincoln) who Lee Harvey Oswald(Kennedy) See more »

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Featured in Top 10 Shitty Shatner Movies (2010) See more »

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Irresistable
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Creative Writers As Psychopaths?
27 October 2009 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Some of the secondary actors try, really hard. And camera shots in the desert are quite lovely. Otherwise, this film is horrible.

William Shatner's character, Harvey, is an amateur screenwriter. He's also a psychopath, a man who quite literally escapes from a mental institution. Is the point of this film that amateur screenwriters are psychopaths? Harvey will do anything to get his script read and turned into a movie, even if that means taking a film crew hostage. Do amateur screenwriters ... grovel? Maybe they do.

The film's setup is way too long. We don't get to the point of the story until well into the second half. The first half darts and flits among assorted characters.

"Shoot Or Be Shot" is touted as a comedy, but I found it totally not funny. Dialogue contains no subtext. None of the characters are believable as real people. They're all stick figures that perform "action" in a way that resembles cartoon characters. Indeed, the film is basically a cartoon for adults: silly, inane, birdbrained.

I can understand why some actors are in this film. They need the money or the exposure. But what are insiders Shatner and Harry Hamlin doing here? Maybe Shatner wants more comedy roles. Is this the best he can do? Is Hamlin that desperate for money? He used to be a respected actor. What happened?

Even though the story is supposed to be a satire, it comes across more as a put-down of amateur screenwriters. Maybe that wasn't the intent. But that's certainly how the film can be interpreted. As such, the script was very, very poorly written.


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