Shoot Or Be Shot VHS
William Shatner stars as Harvey Wilkes, a mental ward escapee with a script he'd really love to see made. Armed with a pistol that he doesn't even know how to shoot, he commandeers a film production to turn his script into a film - or else!
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Shoot or be Shot takes on a trip through so many levels and with so many characters intertwined in a similar fate, that it's hard to describe in human words what was actually accomplished on screen. Shatner plays an insane mental patient who escapes the hospital, steals a car, and robs a convienence store. He has a script for a movie that he believes is the greatest thing since 'Gone with the Wind'.
He eventually runs into a crew trying to make a movie of their own. We have a hack producer who only produces B rated sleaze, a young director who believes plots and scripts are pointless in making a film, and a B movie actress who disguises herself to star in the film of no name, title, or plot. Why? Loooooong story, you'll have to see the film for this one, but I'll give you a hint. She had an affair with the producer.
When Bill meets up with them, he hijacks their trailer at gunpoint. Bill's one of many great lines is after he shoots a whole in the windshield and tells the driver "See that hole? Follow it!".
Alas the film is not made, but there's a great shootout at the end with cool explosions.
I recommend this film for people who have taste and can appreciate fine performances by a supurb cast.
The ONLY thing in this movie worth watching is Shatner's brief, kooky performance. He doesn't really get enough time on camera to make sitting through the film's sappy script a salvagable movie watching experience though. Shatner quite simply can't carry the entire film, given the time alloted to him. If you could edit this movie down to just the enjoyable parts with Shatner, it would be about 15 minutes long. The rest of the movie is simply filler material, at best. I would have rather just watched 90 minutes of Shatner ad-libbing.
If you want to watch a good indy flick with lots of Shatner in it, I'd recommend the movie Free Enterprise instead. Better acting. Better script. Much more Shatner.
If you HAVE to watch every single film Shatner has ever been in, go ahead and watch this. If you just want to watch a good movie, don't bother.