Sitting Target

Sitting Target, also known as Screaming Target,[1] is a 1972 British film directed by Douglas Hickox and shot in London. It stars Oliver Reed, Ian McShane and Jill St. John and was based on the 1970 novel by Laurence Henderson.

Sitting Target
Directed byDouglas Hickox
Produced byBarry Kulick
Written byAlexander Jacobs
Based onnovel by Laurence Henderson
StarringOliver Reed
Jill St. John
Ian McShane
Edward Woodward
Freddie Jones
Frank Finlay
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Harry Lomart, a convicted murderer, and Birdy Williams are convicts planning a breakout. Before the two men can abscond to another country, Lomart gets word that his wife Pat has been having an affair with another man and has become pregnant.

The two men had made plans to lie low after their escape from jail, but Lomart decides to find and kill his wife and the man she has been seeing. A police inspector, Milton, is the man assigned to catch the two escaped convicts.



Douglas Hickox was signed to direct in July 1971.[2] Filming started in September 1971.[3]

Due to restrictions about filming in British prisons, the prisons sequences were filmed in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.[4]


The soundtrack was composed by Stanley Myers. It was released by Finders Keepers Records in 2007.


  2. Beth Brickell in Star Role Murphy, Mary. Los Angeles Times 24 July 1971: a7.
  3. Unding-a-ling Role for Jill St. John Los Angeles Times 5 August 1971: g9.
  4. p. 298 Filmfacts, Volume 15 Division of Cinema of the University of Southern California, 1972
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