Snipers in films
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Asked by: keano-ga
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09 Oct 2002 08:34 PDT
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Question ID: 74469
I am sure there was a film which appeared between 20 and 35 years ago, in which a sniper killed victims at random in a manner similar to the current horror in Washington and Maryland. Can anyone remember which film that was?
Re: Snipers in films
Answered By: rico-ga on 09 Oct 2002 09:28 PDT
Hi keano, Given the time frame and plot, the most likely candidate is "Dirty Harry", released 31 years ago in 1971. Although probably best known for the immortal Clint Eastwood, "Go ahead, make my day" and "Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?" lines, the plot of "Dirty Harry" revolves around Detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan's attempts to capture a skillful sniper who is randomly killing San Francisco citizens. The murderer was (very) loosely based on San Francisco's Zodiac Killer who terrorized the city during the late `60s, and who was never officially captured. More info on "Dirty Harry" can be found at the Internet Movie Database at... http://us.imdb.com/Plot?0066999 This is a less likely candidates but another non-war sniper movie made in the `70s is "Two-Minute Warning" (1976) "A psychotic man, armed with a hunting rifle and acting alone, goes on a sniping spree and is hunted by the police and a SWAT team." Even probably less likely are these "made for television" sniper movies released during the 70s. - "Nightmare" (1974) "A murder witness can't convince the police that the killer lives in the apartment across the courtyard from him, realizes he is the sniper's next victim." - "Winter Kill" (1974) "Someone is shooting the residents of a mountain resort town. Sheriff McNeill (Andy Griffith) must figure out the connection that links the victims and find the sniper before he (or she) kills again, and before the town council relieves him of duty." I've confined my answer, as I said to "likely" candidates, as I said. You can look at my full IMD sniper movie (as titles) search through this link... http://us.imdb.com/Tsearch?sniper I also tried plot searches which also revealed essentially the same results. Search strategy "sniper" at the Internet Movie Database http://us.imdb.com rico
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Re: Snipers in films
From: voila-ga on 09 Oct 2002 10:12 PDT
Here's one more that just sneaks in under your 20- to 35-year parameter. It's "Targets" (1968), directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring the *great* Boris Karloff. Haven't seen it but it's now on my list. http://us.imdb.com/Details?0063671 Google search criteria: "movie" "based on Charles Whitman"
From: ulu-ga on 09 Oct 2002 12:41 PDT
"A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot." "I read Jules Ffeifer's play a few years ago and was struck at how brilliant it was, a superb mixture of pitch black comedy and biting social commentary it remains to be one of the most seminal plays of the late sixties/early seventies." http://us.imdb.com/Title?0067350 You might want to look through this list: http://us.imdb.com/List?tv=on&&keywords=sniper&&heading=19;sniper
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