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Shoot or Be Shot!
Shoot or Be Shot
Actors: William Shatner, Harry Hamlin, Scott Rinker, Julianne Christie, Marcus Ashley
Director: J. Randall Argue
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2004     1hr 30min

Some people are just nuts about movies! In this hilarious offbeat comedy in the tradition of Bowfinger and The Player, William Shatner stars as Harvey Wilkes, a mental ward escapee with a script he?d really love to see mad...  more »

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Actors: William Shatner, Harry Hamlin, Scott Rinker, Julianne Christie, Marcus Ashley
Director: J. Randall Argue
Creators: J. Randall Argue, Michael Tarzian, Ralph Linhardt, Ralph Winter, Alistair Salton, Steve Catanzaro
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Comedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/18/2004
Original Release Date: 01/25/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/25/2002
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

10% Shatner, 90% Filler
William Hefner | EUREKA, CA USA | 10/03/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a big Shatner fan, but even Captain Kirk couldn't save this movie. The formulated plot was completely predictable and the acting way too cheezy, even by Shatner standards. I wasn't laughing with, or even at, this film. It was just a plain waste of time to watch.

The ONLY thing in this movie worth watching is Shatner's brief, kooky performance. He doesn't really get enough time on camera to make sitting through the film's sappy script a salvagable movie watching experience though. Shatner quite simply can't carry the entire film, given the time alloted to him. If you could edit this movie down to just the enjoyable parts with Shatner, it would be about 15 minutes long. The rest of the movie is simply filler material, at best. I would have rather just watched 90 minutes of Shatner ad-libbing.

If you want to watch a good indy flick with lots of Shatner in it, I'd recommend the movie Free Enterprise instead. Better acting. Better script. Much more Shatner.

If you HAVE to watch every single film Shatner has ever been in, go ahead and watch this. If you just want to watch a good movie, don't bother."
Funny, Strange, Bizarre -- A Winner!
Oscar De Los Santos | Waterbury, CT United States | 11/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"SHOOT OR BE SHOT is a funny flick in which William Shatner plays a character who will stop at nothing to see a wild dream realized. Only one problem: the man is crazy. Literally. Certifiable. And when you toss the nut into a motley crew of assorted sleazy producers, eccentric directors, typecast bimbo actresses and actors trying to break out of their Mexican TV roots, the results are volatile!

Think of FREE ENTERPRISE and you find a group of similar misfits in SHOOT OR BE SHOT. Like the former, the latter is about filmmakers stuck in one niche of the Hollywood scene, trying to move to another level. Shatner's character would settle for any level, as long as his movie script gets made. And he'll see it shot, even if he has to literally kidnap an entire movie production team and hold them at gunpoint to get them to 1) read his script and 2) film it his way. When you put it that way -- "Shoot or be shot!" -- it seems like a no-brainer. Best to shoot the man's film, right? Of course it's never that easy.

SHOOT OR BE SHOT is also cousin to Steve Martin's BOWFINGER. While BOWFINGER is much funnier, you have to admire SHOOT OR BE SHOT for its spirit and for the passionate convictions of several of its characters -- including, and on top of the list, its Number One gun-wielding Nut! And by the way, said nut wears a "Chubby Rain" T-shirt throughout the movie (those who saw BOWFINGER will get the tribute).

Critics have had a lot of fun tearing into William Shatner's acting over the years. I think it's wonderful that he's finally getting the last laugh, scoring a recent Emmy, landing a new TV show, having fun with his commercials and dramatic recordings (HAS BEEN, for example). Shatner deserves praise, not pans. He has worked hard to hone his comedic talents. They're on great display in MISS CONGENIALITY, and here again in SHOOT OR BE SHOT.

Give it a shot! (Sorry -- couldn't resist!)
Liked the movie... loved the theme song!!!
jimmie sayles | brooklyn new york | 05/20/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Wierd... kind of surreal movie... a 3 in the morning vibe. A little dorky in spots. Very funky jazzy disco song for the theme... I dug it."
Absolute pure genious. Shatner is KING!!!
Johny Bottom | Jacksonville, NC | 08/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gentle viewer, stop wasting your time and money on films starring Ben Afflack, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Nicholas Cage. They are all no talent yokels that stand in the shadow of a true pioneer and thesbian of the celluloid arts. I am talking of none other than William Shatner, the star of the original Star Trek TV series and Kingdom of the Spiders.

Shoot or be Shot takes on a trip through so many levels and with so many characters intertwined in a similar fate, that it's hard to describe in human words what was actually accomplished on screen. Shatner plays an insane mental patient who escapes the hospital, steals a car, and robs a convienence store. He has a script for a movie that he believes is the greatest thing since 'Gone with the Wind'.

He eventually runs into a crew trying to make a movie of their own. We have a hack producer who only produces B rated sleaze, a young director who believes plots and scripts are pointless in making a film, and a B movie actress who disguises herself to star in the film of no name, title, or plot. Why? Loooooong story, you'll have to see the film for this one, but I'll give you a hint. She had an affair with the producer.

When Bill meets up with them, he hijacks their trailer at gunpoint. Bill's one of many great lines is after he shoots a whole in the windshield and tells the driver "See that hole? Follow it!".

Alas the film is not made, but there's a great shootout at the end with cool explosions.

I recommend this film for people who have taste and can appreciate fine performances by a supurb cast."