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Targets (1968)
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Targets (1968) Peter Bogdanovich's debut feature is a thinly disguised account of ex-marine Charles Whitman, who, after murdering his mother and his wife, armed himself with a number of rifles and handguns and on a sunny 1966 Texas morning, began a shooting spree that killed 14 people and wounded 32 people. Bogdanovich's version tells two stories concurrently, about an aging horror-film star who feels that his type of movie monster has become passe, and the other about a father-hating gun freak who goes on a rampage to get even with his dad by shooting at people from the top of a water tower and then from behind a drive-in movie screen.

Movie Tagline:
TARGETS are people...and you could be one of them!

Title: Targets
Release Date: May 15, 1968
Runtime: 90 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Thriller
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With T

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for violent content. (previously rated GP and R)

Peter Bogdanovich

Tim O'Kelly ...Bobby Thompson
Boris Karloff ...Byron Orlok
Arthur Peterson ...Ed Loughlin
Monte Landis ...Marshall Smith (as Monty Landis)
Nancy Hsueh ...Jenny, Orlock's Secretary
Peter Bogdanovich ...Sammy Michaels, Director
Daniel Ades ...Ludlum the Chauffeur
Stafford Morgan ...Salesman (first gunshop) (Brass Rail)
James Brown ...Robert Thompson, Sr.
Mary Jackson ...Charlotte Thompson
Tanya Morgan ...Ilene Thompson, Bobby's Wife
Timothy Burns ...Room Service Waiter (as Tim Burns)
Warren White ...Grocery boy
Mark Dennis ...Ray, Salesman (second gunshop)
Sandy Baron ...Kip Larkin, Dejay
Geraldine Baron ...Larkin's girl
Gary Kent ...Gas tank worker
Ellie Wood Walker ...Woman on freeway
Frank Marshall ...Ticket boy at Drive-in
Byron Betz ...Drive-in Projectionist
Paul Condyllis ...Drive-in manager (as Paul Condylis)
Mike Farrell ...Man in phone booth
Carol Samuels ...Cashier
Jay Daniel ...Snack bar attendant
James Morris ...Man with pistol at Drive-in
Elaine Partnow ...Drive-in patron
Pete Belcher ...Drive-in patron
James Bowie ...Drive-in patron
Anita Poree ...Drive-in patron
Robert Cleaves ...Drive-in patron

» [more cast members]

Peter Bogdanovich
Daniel Selznick

Polly Platt
Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
Samuel Fuller

More Movie Taglines:
  • TARGETS are people...and you could be one of them!
  • "I just killed my wife and my mother. I know they'll get me. But before that, many more will die..."
Movie Quote(s):
  • Sammy Michaels: All the good movies have been made.
  • Jenny: You really are in a foul mood. Byron Orlok: Not at all. I'm just tired of your baleful looks.
  • [Jenny has been scolding him] Byron Orlok: Quite a speech! Jenny: You should hear it in Chinese.
  • Ray, Salesman: What're you hunting this time? Bobby Thompson: Gonna shoot some pigs.
  • [to the police] Bobby Thompson: Hardly ever missed, did I?
Movie Trivia:
  • Roger Corman told Peter Bogdanovich he could make any film he wanted to, with two conditions: he had to use stock footage from The Terror (1963), and he had to hire Boris Karloff for two days (Karloff was under contract and owed Corman those two days). Karloff was so impressed with the script that he refused pay for any shooting time over his contracted two days.
  • Randy Quaid's film debut.
  • Frank Marshall's parents and then-girlfriend appear as film-goers at the drive-in scenes. The film's dolly grip also appears, as the father shot, to the horror of his son who is sitting next to him in one of the cars.
  • Drive-in scenes were shot at the since-closed Reseda Drive-In Theatre in Reseda, CA, as clearly shown on the marquee and screen tower. Early in the movie, the Sepulveda Drive-In in Van Nuys is briefly shown in the background as Bobby drives down the highway. On the DVD commentary, Peter Bogdanovich incorrectly credits this as being the Reseda Drive-In.
  • Peter Bogdanovich planned to have Boris Karloff actually appear in the film for about 20 minutes, and have the stock footage from The Terror (1963) add another 20 minutes of screen time for Karloff. In the final movie, Karloff is actually on screen (not counting the scenes from "The Terror") for about 30 minutes.
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