The Shooting
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Director Monte Hellman used his beloved "hunter as hunted" theme for his near-existential western The Shooting. Jack Nicholson and Warren Oates are starred in this bare-bones tale of an ex-bounty hunter (Oates) with a price on his head and the cocky young gun (Nicholson) who hopes to collect. The film seems to be exclusively populated by Life's Losers; but even with portents of doom throughout, the ending is still a jaw-dropping experience. Demonstrating the parsimony he'd learned while working with Roger Corman, director Hellman shot The Shooting in Utah simultaneously with… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hellman's superb frontier cryptogram"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"If there ever was an existential Western, this one is it."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film's ending is a favorite amongst cultists and it acts as the paradigm of Camus' thinking: stoic, but humane, and advocating nature over violence."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
"What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"Doesn't ask to be taken as an existentialist mechanism per say, though it certainly functions as one."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"One of my favorite Westerns."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An all-time great "B" Western with metaphysical undertones."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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