Sitting Target

Sitting Target
Directed by Douglas Hickox
Produced by Barry Kulick
Written by Alexander Jacobs
Based on novel by Laurence Henderson
Starring Oliver Reed
Jill St. John
Ian McShane
Edward Woodward
Freddie Jones
Frank Finlay
Music by Stanley Myers
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Sitting Target or 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.


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.



Filming started in September 1971.[2]

Due to restrictions about filming in British prisons, the prisons sequences were filmed in Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.[3]


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


  2. Unding-a-ling Role for Jill St. John Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 5 August 1971: g9.
  3. p. 298 Filmfacts, Volume 15 Division of Cinema of the University of Southern California, 1972

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