The Sniper

Synopsis: Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas.
Director(s): Edward Dmytryk
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Well, what I want to know, honey,

is what are you gonna do now?

I'm gonna be happy for a change.

After all, he ain't the only man in the world.

There's plenty of good fish in the sea,

I always say.

Besides, I was getting kind of sick of him.

It's time I run into somebody new.

- I want to go home. I want to go home.

- You always want to go home.

Say, why don't you watch

where you're going?

You might have hurt this lady.

Come on. Young fool.

- Glad you liked it.

- Do you work every day?

- Sure.

- Be here tomorrow?

- Of course. Always.

- Good night, then.

Good night, Millie.

- I'll see you tomorrow.

- Okay.

I want to get the state prison at Huntsburg.

No. No. I don't know the number.

- She always drink two malts?

- Oh, let her. It's good for business.

- Your business. Monkey business.

- What?

- Sandy, what's the matter?

- Just a minute.

- Can I have some change, please?

- Why, certainly.

- All right.

- Sandy, I didn't do anything.

- Not yet you didn't do anything.

- I was just waiting...

Hello, this is Mr. Edward Miller.

I'd like to speak to Dr. Gillette, please.

It's very important.


Two weeks? Well, what's his number there?

But I've got to reach him. I told you,

it's very important. It's a matter of life or...

Well, listen.

There must be a phone near where he is.

Well, can't you...

Well, can you please tell me if...

All right. All right. All right!

I guess, I do. But you make me so mad.

- Did you get your party?

- Didn't get his party.

Do you know how much coffee

I've had today? Seventeen cups.

The Brazilians ought to give me a medal.

What is it?

Second-degree burns.

Chadwick's in with him.

- Here's his card.

- Edward Burnside. Well, the name fits.

Right hand. Electric stove.

Yeah, friend, a man's got no business

fooling around with stoves.

They're strictly a woman's business.

You're not married?

- No.

- You're missing a big deal, friend.

So you get married.

So your wife does all the cooking.

So she's the one that gets burned.

So what happens?

So she comes and cries on your shoulder,

and you pat her head

and give her a kiss or two.

Yeah, that's living. Keep your hand still.

Next day she tells you to climb on a ladder

and clean out the closet,

and you fall and break a leg. I don't know.

They got you coming and going.

- Everything all right?

- Just finished.

You'll have to sign this, Mr. Burnside.

Your left hand will do.

- Can I see you a minute outside, Chad?

- Sure.

You notice anything funny about...

Outside of the fact that

he did it on purpose, no.

- You think it was self-inflicted?

- Look, to get a second degree like that,

he'd have had to hold his hand on a burner

a couple of seconds, at least.

Sure it was self-inflicted.

Give me a minute, will you?

Mr. Burnside, I want to ask you a question.

Were you ever in a mental hospital?

- Only when I was imprisoned.

- Prison?

- In the psycho ward. But they let me go.

- Why?

My sentence was up. Dr. Gillette wanted

to keep me, but they let me go.

- What'd you go up for?

- I...

I hit someone, a girl.

- Why?

- I don't know.

- How do you feel now?

- Not right. I don't feel right.

You gonna keep me here?

I don't know.

Stay where you are for a minute, will you?

- Well?

- I'm gonna send him upstairs.

- You crazy?

- Not as crazy as he is.

He'll make five loopies you've sent

up in the past two weeks.

- Where are the rest of them now?

- That's not my fault.

Look, forget it. They'll only wrap him up in a

cold sheet, keep him around for three days,

then give him back to the Indians.

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