Parting Shots

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  • Comedy
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A self-styled 'feelgood' version of Death Wish: Harry (Rea), a put-upon photographer, discovers he has only six weeks to live, and the worm turns. He's going to be avenged on all those who ever put him down, and first on the hit list is his evil ex-wife Lisa (Rigg). This should be offensive, but isn't. It was Charles Bronson's sensual, enigmatic presence that made Death Wish so repellent. Rea is impossible to take seriously, and so the nastiness of the idea - that people we don't like deserve to die - implodes on a spectacular scale. Like one of those Alan Bennett monologues that slowly expose the speaker as completely potty, Parting Shots dangles us in two places at once. The strangulated acting by Winner's friends and neighbours, the ugly zooms, the feckless dubbing, the barmy dialogue all add to the strange, otherworldly atmosphere. A touch of genuine surrealism.

Release details

Duration: 98 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Winner
Screenwriter: Michael Winner, Nick Mead
Cast: Caroline Langrishe
Chris Rea
Sheila Steafel
Peter Davison
Felicity Kendal
Oliver Reed
John Cleese
Nicholas Gecks
Joanna Lumley
Nicky Henson
Patrick Ryecart
Gareth Hunt
Diana Rigg
Bob Hoskins
Ben Kingsley

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3.8 / 5

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Sharon

I wasn't expecting Merchant-Ivory, so I wasn't at all dissapointed. This is a perfect bargain-bin DVD to grab and watch for fun on a rainy day. Chris rea was an unexpected pleasure, as he didn't absolutely reek in the is role. I've certainly seen worse!

Sharon

I wasn't expecting Merchant-Ivory, so I wasn't at all dissapointed. This is a perfect bargain-bin DVD to grab and watch for fun on a rainy day. Chris rea was an unexpected pleasure, as he didn't absolutely reek in the is role. I've certainly seen worse!