THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#183 is an obscure gem discovered on Warner Archive - Sitting Target (1972). Set in a grimy London, Oliver Reed is in prison for a robbery-murder and counts the days until he can return to the woman he actually loves, his wife (Jill St. John, of all people, speaking with a decent British accent). But she visits one day, declares she's not waiting for him and says she's pregnant with another bloke's baby. He gets so infuriated that he punches through the window between them... and grabs her by the neck (!). After the guards pull him off, he is sent to solitary for awhile and then plans to break out of prison with several others ONLY so he can get his revenge on his wife! The jailbreak is long and suspenseful, and he pairs up with longtime buddy Birdie (Ian McShane, who broke out with him) to retrieve the money from that robbery and gets his hands around his wife's neck again!Reed is relentless here, driven and perfect, caring about nothing else but revenge. And yet he takes opportunities to show some humanity, giving this very nasty man some sympathetic moments. When he takes a bath with bubbles for the first time in 11 years, the glee in his face will make you smile - even though he's gunned down a few people already! This is violent - there's a scene where he's facing down several motorcycle cops amidst a ton of laundry hung out to dry that is like nothing I've ever seen before, and it's extremely well done. Sitting Target deserves better than the obscurity it toils in, and it's loaded with great British actors (Edward Woodward, Freddie Jones, Frank Findlay). Glad I stumbled upon this. Check out the trailer.

TLA one-word review: grim

SITTING TARGET (1972)