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Isn't It Shocking? (1973)

A small-town sheriff is confronted with the deaths of local senior citizens and strange goings-on in his town.

Director:

John Badham

Writer:

Lane Slate
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Dan
Louise Lasser ... Blanche
Edmond O'Brien ... Justin Oates
Lloyd Nolan ... Jesse Chapin
Will Geer ... Lemuel Lovell
Ruth Gordon ... Marge Savage
Dorothy Tristan ... Doc Lovell
Patricia Quinn ... Ma Tate (as Pat Quinn)
Liam Dunn ... Myron Flagg
Michael Warren Powell Michael Warren Powell ... Michael (as Michael Powell)
Jacqueline Allan McClure Jacqueline Allan McClure ... Hattie
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A small-town sheriff is confronted with the deaths of local senior citizens and strange goings-on in his town.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Isso não é Mesmo Chocante? See more »

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Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In his biography 'Please Don't Shoot My Dog', Jackie Cooper claims virulent anti-second amendment actor Alan Alda justified playing a gun-carrying lawman by stating the character he played - a sheriff - wouldn't have actually used his gun. See more »

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References The Man (1972) See more »

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A potentialy great film dragged down to only a good film by bad dialogue.
20 January 2020 | by mouserdSee all my reviews

I remembered this film when I was a kid and loved it.

Does it still match up to my memories? Yes and no but in the end I'll say yes.

Okay lets start positive:

The cast is great, Alan Alda and a cast of veteran actors making the most they can of the material available.

The plot is different and interesting at first you think its just a serial killer on a spree but there is a sanity to the killers insanity.

The negative:

Who wrote the dialog? its crap!

I said the cast made the most of the material they had and man its a good thing they knew their job because the script writer sure didnt.

The actors are all saying what they are doing before or as they do it, who the hell does that?

The cast & plot are great but the screenplay's dialog drags this film down to only a good film.


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