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580 Ratings


Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
United States, 1968
Horror, Thriller


Elderly horror-film star who, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theater, confronts a psychotic Vietnam veteran who’s turned into a mass-murdering sniper.

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Targets Directed by Peter Bogdanovich

Critics reviews

Admirers of Mizoguchi and Hawks as Astruc and Rivette (and now Bogdanovich) have tended to misuse the contemplative calm of the camera by applying it to scenes requiring less the gaze of the camera than the beating heart of montage. All in all, however, Peter Bogdanovich has joined the ranks of promising directors with his very first feature, a movie to which such adjectives as gripping and compelling are appropriate.
August 22, 1968
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  • chanandre's rating of the film Targets

    [Cinémathèque PT #560: 35 mm] (2007) - my favorite Bogdanovich film of his. Probably the triangle made of Bogdanovich, Corman and Karloff. The Hitchcock-style of directing and a kick-ass script. No classic soundtrack. That all helped, i'm sure.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Targets

    This is a powerful, thought provoking film that is just as much relevant today as it was when it was released in 1968. Bogdanovich crafts a perfect blend of comedy and suspense that evokes the style of heroes such as Hawks and Ford and with enough edginess to be in the league of Penn and Peckinpah were changing the landscape of on screen violence. Boris Karloff gives his best performance,

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Targets

    By far Peter Bogdanovich's best (and most underrated) film--a taut and tense thriller inspired by the August 1, 1966 Charles Whitman shootings at the Texas Tower in Austin.

  • Matt Keane's rating of the film Targets

    Been wanting to see this for ages and it surpassed my expectations. I was not expecting it to be so tense and gripping, nor for it to be quite so prescient regarding gun control and how the media has created a society desensitized to violence. Karloff brings an old school style and class which reinforces the shooters emasculation and alienation. One of the greatest directorial debuts I have seen.

  • Weena Eloi's rating of the film Targets

    It's Peter Bogdanovich's strangest film but definitely my favorite. It stars Boris Karloff, who had only a few days left on his contract with Roger Corman so he loaned him out to Bogdanovich for this quick, action-packed quickie. This is powerful stuff. Loosely based on the psychotic Charles Whitman's rampage at the Unversity of Texas in Austin in 1966, it's a frickin' masterpiece.

  • Dalibor's rating of the film Targets

    Not only is it inspired by an actual case of someone named "Tower Sniper", but shows such a fascination with this topic, the shooting sequences come across as almost liberating. It was later of no surprise finding out Sam Fuller had something to do with it. Karloff's character seems to propose an inter-generational dissidence rooted in America's existing gun issue.

  • Django's rating of the film Targets

    A remarkably strong film considering all the constraints behind its creation. Bogdanovich shows a sure hand as both a writer and director (although not so much as an actor) in this his first real outing and Karloff gives one of his better late career performances.

  • CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Targets

    Un ícono del terror reflexiona sobre su retiro al afirmar que su estereotipo es caduco, generándose a su vez una nueva forma de terror. Bogdanovich no pudo pensar en mejor actor que protagonise al héroe de su película. Karloff parece sacado de una western. Envejecido aunque con una esencia inmutable. Se percibe en un cuento narrado o cuando enfrenta a la muerte. La tensión y el biopic de un veterano son lo mejor.

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