The Shooting


Action / Western

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 3483


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Jack Nicholson as Billy Spear
Warren Oates as Willett Gashade
Millie Perkins as Woman
Will Hutchins as Coley
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694.32 MB
23.976 fps
1hr 22 min
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1hr 22 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hullumaja Puffet 8 / 10

B-movie Western In French New Wave Sauce

Mysterious woman (Millie Perkins) hires two men, former bounty hunter Willet Gashade (Warren Oates) and his slow witted friend Coley (Will Hutchins) to accompany her to a town located on the other side of the desert. The group is followed by slick gunslinger (Jack Nicholson) who seems to want to kill them all. The woman never says her name or why she's following someone. For some reason, she is out for revenge.

The story is quite simple with some not so obvious twists. There isn't much backstory of the characters and not much dialogue, but actors (especially Warren Oates and Jack Nicholson) fill the parts enough substance to make them interesting. Millie Perkins is also good as a woman who is targeted only to complete her mission without showing any remorse or sympathy towards her companions. It is very easy to start hate her. The slow burning tension is in the air throughout the film when characters battling with desert and with themselves. The haunting musical score lays the veil of never ending threat over the head of Willet and Coley.

'The Shooting' has been called Kafkaesque western, existential western and the very first acid western. I agree with all these statements. Thanks to well balanced and wonderfully composed tracking shots and disorienting close-ups together with mystery the 'The Shooting' feels more like a (acid)trip. Revenge story works on many levels because there aren't much exposition - the motives of all the main characters remain hidden until the very last minute of the film. The film tricks us even with its climatic but ambiguous abrupt ending that is much more straightforward when to think about it - one of those rare moments where confusing ending actually answers to more questions than it raises.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Gruelling, and not in a good way...

THE SHOOTING is a very low budget American western directed by cult favourite Monte Hellman, a former Roger Corman man. This features Will Hutchins and Warren Oates in the lead roles, playing a couple of cowboys who are employed by the pretty Millie Perkins to guide her across an arid desert landscape in pursuit of a fugitive.

This entire film consists of a handful of characters, their horses, and the harsh Utah landscapes. The desert setting is very well realised and Hellman shoots it in an active way. A pity, then, that the plotting is so slim and long-winded; very little happens en route aside from a lot of bickering, and the supposed twist ending is more head-scratching than anything else.

This film is chiefly of interest for featuring Oates before he became a big film star in the 1970s in the likes of BADLANDS and BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA, and he still has that laidback charm. Also on hand is Jack Nicholson, here producing as well as taking the role of a slick gunslinger. Hutchins adds sympathy as the simpleton, but the real stand-out is Perkins whose driven character prefigures similar roles in the likes of HANNIE CAULDER and TRUE GRIT.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 8 / 10

Simple story, well told.

Willet (Warren Oates) returns to his claim only to find that his partner is dead, his brother gone and a simple-minded young man minding the place. Soon an odd woman (Millie Perkins) arrives and offers Willet a ton of money to guide her through the desert. He insists they bring along the simple guy and they get moving. However, it soon becomes apparent that she isn't being very honest with them. Why does she NEED to get there and why the big hurry? She claims the reason is unimportant but it soon seems as if she's tracking someone...and when a nutty gunman (Jack Nicholson) meets up with them, it's dead certain they're looking to do something to someone. The problem is that if they try to back down now, their new 'friend', the gunman, will blow their heads off! So what's next? See the film.

The casting of Jack Nicholson might seem silly today, as his character was so unlike the typical Nicholson role. However, in 1966 there was no 'typical Nicholson role'...and back then, accepting him as a nasty gunman would have been easier to except back in the day.

Overall, this is a very simple story but also well done. It makes the most of its budget, cast and story. Not a must-see western but clearly one worth your time.

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