Moving ‘Targets’

Letter to the editor

To the Editor:

It was unfair of Nicole LaPorte to include Peter Bogdanovich’s “Targets” among her list of “unsuccessful” first films because its was the victim of unforseen occurrences outside the purview of the industry.

Just before this superb film about a serial sniper was scheduled to open, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and before its new release date, so was Robert Kennedy. Paramount gave it a token run late in 1968 at one arthouse each in L.A. and New York, and despite positive audience response and reviews, then put it on the shelf.

Rick Mitchell

Los Angeles, Calif.

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