Sunday, January 09, 8:00 PM
Date has passed.
USA, 1967, 82 Minute Running Time
Topics: Action/Adventure, Cult, Drama, Western
Programs: Monte Hellman Retrospective, Special Presentations
If ever there were a film for which the over-used phrase “cult classic” is distinctly apropos, this is it. Monte Hellman’s re-imagined Western deserves to be ranked with the more well-known genre revisions of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah, given its dark undercurrents, sense of foreboding and surrealist touches. The great Warren Oates plays Gashade, a former bounty hunter enlisted by a mysterious, nameless woman (Millie Perkins) to lead her into the desert in search of… well, neither we nor Gashade are really sure at first. Along for the ride are the none-to-bright Coley (Will Hutchins) and, eventually, the seemingly psychotic gunman Billy Spear (the young Jack Nicholson, emitting bolts of electricity whenever he’s on screen).
As the journey continues—and more and more strange meetings and occurrences take place—the group’s relentless movement takes on the tone of an existential quest, one in which a violent end seems a foregone conclusion…. Written by Carole Eastman (Five Easy Pieces) and shot in 18 days for Roger Corman, The Shooting is, to use the terminology of the day, quite a trip indeed.
Director to attend screening
DIRECTOR: Monte Hellman
Producer: Monte Hellman, Jack Nicholson
Editor: Monte Hellman
Screenwriter: Adrien Joyce
Cinematographer: Gary Sandor
Music: Richard Markowitz
Principal Cast: Will Hutchins, Millie Perkins, Jack Nicholson, Warren Oates
Filmography: Iguana (1988), China 9, Liberty 37 (1978), Cockfighter (1974), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), The Shooting (1967), Ride in the Whirlwind (1965)