The Shooting
The Shooting (1967)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1967
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2004
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Hellman's tight telephoto shots press the characters entomologically against the barren landscape; he revels in the technical charms of the medium and the scruffiness of his B-movie budget as audaciously as a French New Wave director.

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Fernando F. Croce

Hellman's superb frontier cryptogram

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If there ever was an existential Western, this one is it.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The Shooting keeps making the Western genre feel new, as though it had no conventions.

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Brian Holcomb

What is most intriguing about "The Shooting" is the constant sense of undefined menace throughout.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Doesn't ask to be taken as an existentialist mechanism per say, though it certainly functions as one.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An ambiguously motivated and almost surreal revenge film so open to interpretation it could be the '2001' of Westerns.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

One of my favorite Westerns.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

An all-time great "B" Western with metaphysical undertones.

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Stella Dallas
warren oates is so friggin' great in this film. the near constant air of menace is mostly down to him and the soundtrack. a very young jack nicholson gets… More
Conner Rainwater
A very unique movie, it's really basic and dreamy. It feels more like an acid trip than an actual movie, the camera never moves toward the focus of the… More
Eric Broome
Peculiar Western...existential, indeed. Millie Perkins sure was beautiful, but I think she's out of her depth as an actress here.