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Parting Shots (1998)

After learning he is dying of cancer, a failed photographer illegally buys a pistol and decides to go vigilante and get his revenge on all those who have made his life a misery.

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Michael Winner

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Rea ... Harry Sterndale
Felicity Kendal ... Jill Saunders
John Cleese ... Maurice Walpole
Bob Hoskins ... Gerd Layton
Diana Rigg ... Lisa
Ben Kingsley ... Renzo Locatelli
Joanna Lumley ... Freda
Oliver Reed ... Jamie Campbell-Stewart
Gareth Hunt ... Inspector Bass
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... Detective Constable Ray
Patrick Ryecart ... Cleverley
Peter Davison ... John
Nicky Henson ... Askew
Caroline Langrishe ... Vanessa
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Joseph
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Storyline

Harry Sterndale (Chris Rea), a failed photographer, is told that he has only three months to live due to him getting cancer. After thinking things over, he decides that since he is dying anyway, that he will kill or destroy all of the people that has ever crossed or hurt him during his entire life. So this movie becomes literally the shots fired by Harry when he knows he is parting this Earth. After all, he will be dead anyway long before he can come to trial and get his just desserts from society. Harry even falls in love with Jill Saunders (Felicity Kendal) and hires an assassin to kill him in style. However, there is just one small problem with Harry's master plan. The cancer diagnosis is totally inaccurate and now he's got a hitman on his trail and several policemen who want to talk to him about some murders. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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When Harry found out he had six weeks to live, something snapped...and it wasn't his camera.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aspondoi filoi See more »

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Dolby

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After finishing work on this movie, Oliver Reed signed on to the Oscar-winning Roman epic Gladiator (2000) as Proximo. But the movie was Reed's final performance, as the actor died of a heart attack during production. It was Michael Winner who persuaded him to take the role. See more »

Quotes

Freda: The best I can do is a Beretta 9mm with an extra clip, fast hammer, hair trigger.
Harry Sterndale: I'll need lots of ammunition. Forty rounds.
Freda: Forty rounds, to commit suicide?
Harry Sterndale: I might miss!
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In the minority
5 May 2012 | by allwhitemiamiSee all my reviews

Just watched the film on tape and to be honest I quite liked it. I enjoyed all the cameo performances from many many good British actors and actresses. I don't really see what all the negative comments are coming from.OK its not Fawlty Towers or Rising Damp but as a black comedy film with no great pretensions it is perfectly watchable and enjoyable. Some VERY nice looking girls in it too,especially Nicola Bryant in all too small a role. Why this film is never seen on TV I have no idea.There is no swearing in it,a modest amount of bra and panties and little if any gratuitous over the top violence.In fact unless you have cancer the film is just a bit of fun with a 'happy' ending.


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