New Movies: Targets

A few hours before he arrived at the University of Texas tower to kill 13 people and wound 31 others. Charles Whitman strolled into an Austin hardware store and picked out several boxes of rifle cartridges. What was all the ammunition for? the clerk asked. "To shoot some pigs," Whitman answered calmly. In all its chilling banality, that scene is faithfully reproduced in this lightly fictionalized saga of a mass murderer. Self-consciously billed as the answer to the question "Why Gun Control?", Targets eventually falls victim to artistic overkill.

In the movie, Charles Whitman is...

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