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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Peter Bogdanovich’s Directorial Debut ‘Targets’

Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Peter Bogdanovich's Directorial Debut 'Targets'

Bullets Don’t Argue! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director and TFH creator Joe Dante introducing Peter Bogdanovich’s harrowing directorial debut, “Targets.”

“Targets” was made independently and sold to Paramount,
becoming an effective calling card for his career in the majors. In the wake of
the rash of 1968 political assassinations the studio got cold feet and slapped
on a misjudged gun control card at the beginning. Bogdanovich plays a film
director named Sammy Michaels in tribute to Samuel Fuller, whose middle name
was Michael and who refused screen credit for his contributions to the
screenplay. This reissue trailer leans heavily on the director’s “The Last
Picture Show” fame. The original trailer can be seen here. It could almost
have been assembled right after Sandy Hook by the Brady Campaign.

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