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The Shooting

The Shooting

The Shooting

1966 / 82min / DCP

DIRECTOR: MONTE HELLMAN

CAST: JACK NICHOLSON, WARREN OATES, MILLIE PERKINS

In 1965 Hellman, Jack Nicholson, and other cast and crew lit off into the sunbaked Utah desert with Roger Corman's money and shot two back-to-back existential bad trip westerns quite unlike anything else in the genre, Ride in the Whirlwind and The Shooting. Pseudonymously scripted by Carole Eastman (Five Easy Pieces), the Beckett-inflected The Shooting stars Warren Oates as prospector Willet Gashade, recruited as a guide by Millie Perkins, a mysterious woman with unknown aims, only for both to be held captive by Nicholson's Billy Spear, a gunman in black, all traveling together towards a seemingly ever-receding destination, and a mind-melting nightmare ending.