Plot & Details
Director Monte Hellman used his beloved "hunter as hunted" theme for his near-existential western The Shooting. Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates are starred in this bare-bones tale of an ex-bounty hunter (Oates) with a price on his head and the cocky young gun (Nicholson) who hopes to collect. The film seems to be exclusively populated by Life's Losers; but even with portents of doom throughout, the ending is still a jaw-dropping experience. Demonstrating the parsimony he'd learned while working with Roger Corman, director Hellman shot The Shooting in Utah simultaneously with another feature, Ride in the Whirlwind, for a combined budget of $150,000. Completed in 1967, The Shooting did not receive widespread release until after Jack Nicholson achieved stardom in the early 1970s.
- MPAA Rating: PG-13
- Genre(s): Westerns
- Run Time: 82min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 05/22/2004
- DVD Release Date: 10/24/2000
- Director(s): Monte Hellman
- Starring: Warren Oates , Will Hutchins , Millie Perkins , Jack Nicholson
- Themes: Bounty Hunters,Out For Revenge
- Tone: Atmospheric,Deliberate,Downbeat,Moody,Reflective,Enigmatic,Stylized
- Keywords: bounty, brother, conflict, hitman, twins, bounty-hunter, desert, escort, journey, murder, on-the-road, partner, persuasion, quest, revenge
- Language: English