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Targets (1968)

An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

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Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay), Polly Platt (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Byron Orlok
Tim O'Kelly ... Bobby Thompson
Nancy Hsueh ... Jenny
James Brown ... Robert Thompson Sr.
Sandy Baron ... Kip Larkin
Arthur Peterson ... Ed Loughlin
Mary Jackson ... Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan Tanya Morgan ... Ilene Thompson
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Paul Condylis Paul Condylis ... Drive-In Manager
Mark Dennis Mark Dennis ... Salesman - 2nd Gunshop
Stafford Morgan ... Salesman - 1st Gunshop
Peter Bogdanovich ... Sammy Michaels
Daniel Ades Daniel Ades ... Chauffeur
Timothy Burns Timothy Burns ... Waiter (as Tim Burns)
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Storyline

Byron Orlok is an old horror-movie star who feels that he is an anachronism. Compared to real-life violence, his films are tame. Meanwhile, Bobby Thompson goes on a killing spree... Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Taglines:

TARGETS are people...and you could be one of them! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before I Die See more »

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Budget:

$130,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Saticoy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 50 mins) The horror story which Orlok (Boris Karloff) tells directly to the audience in his distinctive voice - about a man in ancient times who flees to another city because he believes Death is planning to take him at a certain time and place - is similar to the wonderful stories by mystery writer Michael Avallone for a 1950s radio program called "The Frightened". Karloff's powerful delivery of the stories were accompanied by chilling background music and sound effects (including screams, gasps, and terrified pleas for help). In the early 1960s, Mercury Records released thirteen of the stories on two albums entitled "Tales of the Frightened" (volume 1 and 2). They can be heard at Archive.org. Karloff also recorded an album called "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", which includes The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. See more »

Goofs

Bobby's check to gun shop is dated late July, but when Orlok picks up newspaper story about supermarket massacre several days later, date on paper is in March. See more »

Quotes

[Jenny has been scolding him]
Byron Orlok: Quite a speech!
Jenny: You should hear it in Chinese.
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Alternate Versions

Some prints begin with a caption about gun-control, added after Robert Kennedy's assassination. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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" As an acclaimed dramatic actor, I can's compete with real life terror"
23 August 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Todays audiences are often over-fed on the shocking tragedies which typically explodes directly from the newspapers. That is pretty much what one gets from life and then having to compare it with real life misery. In this combined effort, called " Targets ", Director Peter Bagdonovich and writer Polly Platt team with a legend of horror, Boris Karloff who plays Byron Orlok an aging film actor who up and decides to retire from movies. While he is shocking his entourage who depend on him for continued employment, Bobby Thompson (Tim O'Kelly) an insecure mentally troubled, young man explodes by killing his family and then goes on a shooting rampage. The movie is vastly underrated as Karloff gives a surprising performance. With the Classic Jack Nickelson horror film, 'The Terror' playing at the Drive-In background, Thompson imitates real life horror with a murderous killing spree. The film and the director's tale interact well and with the addition of the several cast members including Nancy Hsueh as Jenny, James Brown, Arthur Peterson and even Bogdanovich as Sammy Michaels, they allow audiences a final offering of a bygone actor. ****


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