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The Shooter (1997)

The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred Olen Ray (as Ed Raymond)

Writer:

Tony Giglio
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Dudikoff ... Michael Atherton
Randy Travis ... Kyle Tapert
Valerie Wildman ... Wendy
Andrew Stevens ... Jacob Finch / Narrator
William Smith ... Jerry Krants
Eric Lawson Eric Lawson ... Paul
Robert Donavan ... Mayor Pete Sayers
Cal Bartlett ... Sheriff
Hoke Howell ... Duncan
Libby George Libby George ... Gina
Matthew R. Anderson ... Deputy Casey (as Matt Anderson)
Peter Sherayko ... Ed
William Langlois William Langlois ... Vince Krants (as William L. Monroe)
Ryan Latshaw Ryan Latshaw ... Darien
Marc Vahanian ... Tyler
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Storyline

The story is of a small town in the early west and of a 'shooter' of reputation that drifts into it and stands up to the controlling family that runs it. But far from a John Wayne, this hero is caught and brutally beaten and left to die, only to be saved by a prostitute that has also suffered under the hand of this group of desperados. The only one possible to stand up to the shooter is another solitary man who joins with the notorious family although he is deputized as the town's sherif. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Shooter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Eric Lawson suffered injuries on the set after an accident, which cut his career and reduced him to minor parts in small projects. See more »

Goofs

After Atherton recovers and shoots up the guys in the barn, the surviving deputy runs and tells Kyle about it. The sole of Kyle's boots are obviously rubber, with a modern tread pattern. See more »

Quotes

[Cleaned up and dressed as a proper lady, Wendy starts to leave. The cruel bartender stops her]
Bartender: Hold it! Where're you going?
Wendy: I'm leaving.
Bartender: Oh really? Exactly where do you plan on going?
Wendy: Away from you!
Bartender: [gripping her by the arm] You ain't goin' no place.
Wendy: [mutters] How much?
Bartender: How much for what?
Wendy: How much for you to let me leave?
Bartender: [chucles] How much you got?
[...]
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a nice change of pace for Dudikoff
11 April 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

Getting away from action movies for awhile, Michael Dudikoff does a western for a change, and the results are one of his best movies. This time around, he plays a mysterious drifter (what else?) who gets more than he bargained for when he comes to the rescue of a woman in the desert and returns her to town. County singer Randy Travis is good as one of the bad guys, and Valerie Wildman does a nice job as the girl. Veteran character actor William Smith is also (as always) a standout, with that gravely voice that just makes him perfect casting for the bad guy. Also nice is seeing Dudikoff play a vulnerable character, one who can't rely on fancy fighting skills to stay alive. One scene that helps to support the vulnerability of his character is when he's overcome by thugs and beaten to a bloody pulp and left for death. Afterwards, he must recover with the help of Wildman, and when he's well enough, he comes back gunning for revenge. Though it sometimes has the look of a film that was made by a bunch of friends wearing costumes gathered from some second-rate clothing stores, it works for what it is. Dudikoff isn't going to replace Clint Eastwood as the next western megastar, but he's good in the film and gets to show off a different side with his character. Worth a rental for those looking for a decent 90 minutes on a dull night.


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