Deadly Tower (1976 Tvm)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
Pretty straight to the point on the story of Charles Whitman the infamous University of Austin Texas Tower Sniper. Could've been a little better but it was made in the 1970s. They said the real Charles Whitman only scored Marksman in the USMC but the dude was spot on in 97% of his shots during the actual events. Even managed to shoot 2 people dead when they peeped out from in between two columns that were a mere 7 inches or so from each other. One shot, one kill each time someone poked their head thru the columns. Those columns were also 500 feet from the base of the tower. I say he probably scored Expert his entire time in the Marines, but during his last qualifiaction he didnt care for the Expert rating because he was getting out. If one of the USMCs worst rifleman can do this, imagine what one with an Expert rating can do. The story tells of how Charles Whitman went crazy and killed his mother and wife at home. Then went to the University Tower and started shooting his fellow students. The experts who later examined his brain at Whitmans request said he had a brain tumor and was most likely what caused him to go insane out of nowhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm old enough to remember when this film was first televised . At eleven or twelve years of age at the time , I resided in California . Initially , yesterday afternoon , I thought it would be a bit of a lark to watch a youthful Kurt Russell portray such an individual . There's nothing carefree about this riveting recounting of the events of this 1966 massacre though . I felt as if I was alternately breathing rapidly and shallow as I observed the brave officers and citizen who took to the tower in question . Strongly recommended film making that may enthrall you as well .
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
This is the true story of the 1966 event at University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, where Charles Whitman, a former Marine, goes crazy and holds up in a campus tower with a high-powered rifle for a shooting spree. The movie begins with Whitman preparing his killing spree by killing his wife and his mother (to spare them the pain of what he's about to do). Kurt Russell potrays Charles Whitman with an intense and superb performance. Richard Yniguez plays Ramiro Martinez, a young rookie cop who becomes the hero of the day. The movie is gritty and realistic, it really pulls you into the story. It's scary and suspenseful, partly because it's a true story, but mostly because of the intense performances by both Russell (one of his best performances) and Yniguez. Despite it being a bit dated, Deadly Tower is just as powerful as any similar genre movie made today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2014
Excellent rendition of the original made-for-TV movie! I had, for years, watched the old home-recorded VHS tape of this movie wherein I had attempted to "edit-out" all of those stupid commercials, and not doing too good of a job in the process. When I watched this DVD film, I was SOOOOO happy seeing how it turned out! Wonderful! Yes, I agree that not all of the way things actually went down that day were depicted accurately within this movie; that said, however, it's still reasonably close to detail and was well acted & produced for a "made-for-TV" movie. Well worth the price, I thought!
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on August 11, 2014
Very good mid-70's made-for-TV film about the sniper attack in Austin in the 60's. Played realistically with good performances by all. Interesting argument for gun control. With guns readily and easily available at the time the citizenry are able to shoot back at the attacker. But with those same guns so easy to get the killer, in his derangement, was extremely enabled to kill many people. The DVD-R is excellent quality. Highly recommended.
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on November 2, 2014
I originally saw this movie when I was a kid. As an adult, I remembered the story but couldn't recall what the title of this movie was. After some research, I found out that it was "Deadly Tower." This was a TV movie. It's enjoyable to watch while being a good telling of what happened on that day. It's worth a look.
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on May 31, 2014
I needed to add a good copy to my video collection. My only previous copy was recorded from television way back. Video quality is excellent, but no extras as can be expected from a made for tv movie.
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on July 6, 2014
WOW, very scary Kurt Russell did an excellent job of acting & the on site filming was amazing. I remember this from the era but actually the first time I've seen it 'in whole' in about 25 years...
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
Hard to find classic DVD and well worth it. They don't show classic movies like The Deadly Tower anymore on television so it's nice to know I can find just about anything on Amazon.com. The Deadly Tower is just as thrilling as I remember. DVD arrived in great condition in just a few days and I will order more DVD's in the future.
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on August 5, 2014
for a classic movie. still interesting. came in good shape. movie came in clear
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