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The Deadly Tower, US Movie made for TV, 1975 IMDB

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Also known as:

  • La torre de la muerte (Spain)
  • Kuoleman torni (Finland)
  • I nea Yorki stis floge (Greece)
  • Halál a toronyból (Hungary)
  • La torre della morte (Italy)
  • パニック・イン・テキサスタワー (Japan)
  • Śmiertelna wieża (Poland)
  • Башня смерти (Russia)

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GodzillaFan54 CA

2024-05-17 15:11

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1975 made-for-TV action thriller based on the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting, where Charles J. Whitman (played by a pre-fame Kurt Russell) went on a sniping spree on August 1st, 1966 that left 14 people dead and over 30 wounded. For several hours, he terrorized the surrounding area, shooting indiscriminately. Whitman had to contend with not only the police returning fire but, since this was 1960s Texas, just about every other person in town with good aim and a long-range weapon. At one point, a policeman even commandeers a biplane for a fly-by shooting attempt! Whitman's merciless assault on the innocent people of Austin, Texas came to a violent end when two heroic police officers, Ramiro Martinez and Houston McCoy, and a civilian, Allen Crum, made their way to Whitman's position and fatally gunned him down, putting an end to the rampage. The University of Texas tower shooting was the deadliest mass-shooting by a lone gunman in history until the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre in 1984 and the deadliest school shooting until the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

A cute puppy!
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Three star biplane used in a fly-by shooting attempt on Whitman
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Extreme close-up shot of Martinez's service revolver
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Set on August 1st, 1966... despite most of the cars listed being post-1966 models :D

Airdate: October 18th, 1975

Ddey65 US

2024-05-18 22:54

I thought Kurt was pretty famous when he did those Dexter Riley movies for Disney.

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