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Sitting Target (1972)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | May 1972 (UK)
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Imprisoned Harry Lomart is a vicious, brute of a man and yet he is prepared to do his long jail term as he is confident that on his release his beautiful wife Pat will be waiting for him, but a visit from Pat brings him his worst nightmare.

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Douglas Hickox
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Reed ... Harry Lomart
Jill St. John ... Pat Lomart
Ian McShane ... Birdy Williams
Edward Woodward ... Inspector Milton
Frank Finlay ... Marty Gold
Freddie Jones ... MacNeil
Jill Townsend ... Maureen
Robert Beatty ... Gun Dealer
Tony Beckley ... Soapy Tucker
Mike Pratt ... Prison Warder Accomplice
Robert Russell ... Prison Warder One
Joe Cahill Joe Cahill ... Prison Warder Two
Bob Ramsey Bob Ramsey ... Gun Dealer's Bodyguard (as Robert Ramsey)
Susan Shaw Susan Shaw ... Girl in Truck
June Brown June Brown ... Lomart's Neighbour
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Storyline

Escaped convicts Harry Lomart (Oliver Reed) and Birdy Williams (Ian McShane) are lying low before they prepare to skip the country. However, Lomart can't control his rage at being cheated by his wife, Pat (Jill St. John), whilst he was inside, so he decides to kill her and her secret lover before he goes. This causes all sorts of complications to their escape plans. Written by Jonathon Dabell <BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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YOU ARE LOOKING AT AN ANIMAL! A woman is his target...No cage can hold his lust for revenge. See more »


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Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1972 (UK) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Most fans agree that Oliver Reed was far better cast as a psychopathic gangster than Richard Burton from "Villain." See more »

Quotes

Birdy Williams: Bastard must be made out of concrete!
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Gritty and Tough
6 March 2003 | by WolfsglenSee all my reviews

Excellent old revenge movie from a time when Britain still made movies that didn't involve period costumes or floppy haired smiles!

Ian "Lovejoy" McShane and the Late Oliver Reed bust out of prison, with the sole purpose of killing Reeds Wife (Jill St John) who wants a divorce. The film is relentless in its portrayal of Reed as a cold blooded man with a single deadly purpose, yet still shows him simmering with a pent up violent rage that cant wait to explode into violence at any time.

I have heard many call this movie a poor-mans version of "Get Carter", but that tag does it a serious injustice. Gritty, Dark, Bleak and Brutal (for its time) something about this movie keeps me watching it 30+ years after its release.

Stylish, Original, and highly recommended, especially if you are sick of "Feel Good" cliches.


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