The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

DVD - 2019
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Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and is carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA :, RLJ Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: MAN
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digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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LPL_EricaS Jun 22, 2020

This is a mash-up of a movie, but I enjoyed the foray into the main character's historical fiction past and fantasy/sci-fi present. With the title of the movie so rooted in action, the quiet parts of the film were surprising, but necessary to show the depth of character and the traumas he went through that turned him into the lone man he is today. Plus seeing Sam Elliot and his iconic way of acting is always a positive.

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P58Jackson
Jun 18, 2020

Disjointed in time. A little weird.

Mostly pretty good.

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oPod
May 27, 2020

Moral of the story, killing an evil man, Hitler, doesn't kill his cruel ideas once they've spread like the plague and that's what matters. Conversely, literally killing 'squatch (metaphor for an idea, yet to be fully accepted and embraced by the public) did indeed end the spreading of his actual plague before it was too late. It's better to kill bad ideas before they spread than to kill good mythical creatures. Squash evil ideas, before they infect minds and spread live a disease. Mind blown...

Spoiler Alert: 'squatch ralphs into his killers mouth and that's the film highlight.

Some of the scenes delivered on the so bad it's good that I was hoping for, but not as often as I hoped for. I'm undecided on whether the curious juxtaposition of the shy, talented killer, pacifist with a tender/broken heart lives up to the so bad it's good standard or not. I do appreciate that both 'squatch and his killer are both pacifists caught in a bad situation, like a man dueling his spirit animal whose hard fought, tragic death helped turned the man's life around allowing him to come to terms with death, loss and making the most of life after so many decades of mourning. While the many flashbacks were easy enough to follow, were annoyingly out of order and maybe too numerous. Film should have been less cryptic with it's deep ideas and instead more apparent. Considering the context it's easy to overlook the insights. Really, had to spend time reflecting to get how deep of a message the story holds, very cryptic and easy to miss.

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Steve_Vernon
Mar 08, 2020

Okay, so this is one of those movies that you really have to think about.

First off, there's that title - THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT.

That title intrigued me, right from the get-go. I took a look at the trailer on Youtube and there was this voice-over, talking about how this fellow's grandfather had always told stories that kept getting wilder and wilder and wilder and I began to think about BIG FISH or SECONDHAND LIONS - movies that are stories that are told about stories. That put me into a wanna-watch kind of mind, because I love both of those movies. I thought it was going to be about Sam Elliott's grandson trying to figure out if his grandfather was the world's biggest liar or the world's biggest hero.

Only it turned out that the trailer was a bit of a red herring. The character who actually says the voice-over dialogue isn't related to the protagonist (Sam Elliott) at all.

This movie is an allegory and a character study about a man who has come to the end of his road and is trying to weigh his achievements against what it cost his soul.

Some of you folks are going to find it a little dull and boring. Some of you folks are going to love it.

It is a crap shoot as to what part of the audience you are going to fall into.

Me, I kind of dug it. It had some weaknesses and I felt they should have got into the whole Bigfoot hunt part of the story a lot sooner in the script, but Sam Elliott really delivered some solid acting - maybe some of the best he has ever turned in. The dialogue is moody, thick and ridden with meaning - kind of like stirring a shot of good whiskey into a tall mug of strong dark coffee. You have to listen and chew over it slowly. This isn't a root beer and cheeseburger kind of a movie. This is more like an inch of solid steak, that you want gnaw upon while you ponder out the story.

I'd watch it again. A lot of folks wouldn't. I borrowed the flick from the public library so it didn't cost me a single thin dime - but I might have to pick up a copy some day just to watch on a rainy afternoon.

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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BenjaminBraddock
Feb 29, 2020

As much as I like Sam Elliott, I thought this film was slower than molasses. By the time something happened (50 minutes in), I lost interest and ejected.
All the flashbacks didn't help either. They just reminded me I'm watching a movie. Flashbacks ruin a movie almost as much as voiceovers. But that's just me... I could be wrong.

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gnomenut
Feb 06, 2020

A catchy title that did the trick: I had to see how anyone could make such an outlandish link work. The answer is a little less than I'd hoped, but it's still a decent film.

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capoeray
Jan 27, 2020

magic gypsies, MMA fighter big foot and a mystery box. best film ever.

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Barbdesign
Jan 11, 2020

Great Sam Elliott, great film.

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whatcomhillwalker
Dec 05, 2019

The dude does not abide here.

I love Sam Elliott and am pleased that he's been given some excellent roles lately ('Hero', 'A Star is Born', this film). I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a film titled 'The Man Who Killed Hitler... and then The Bigfoot'. Little did I know this would become one of my favorite films of all time. It's very different, in terms of structure and scope. It sort of moves between different genres (WWII film, romance, monster movie) and time periods but the transitions work splendidly. I cried over the love story and became tense and enthralled during the action scenes. I highly recommend watching the special features and the bonus short film. Do yourself a favor... watch this film. I'm glad I did.

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Jan 18, 2020

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