The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot

Streaming Video - 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. Starring Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Aidan Turner ("Poldark"), Caitlin FitzGerald ("Masters of Sex") and Ron Livingston (Office Space), THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT follows the epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of.
Publisher: [United States] : RLJ Entertainment, 2019.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 98 min.)) : sd., col.
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I was hoping to use this in one of my “So Bad, It’s Good” blog posts and was horribly shocked and disappointed to discover that it’s actually just good. Suggested by Craig B.


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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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Yonsei_73
Aug 03, 2019

How I Saw It... The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot

With this title, this movie fits perfectly into the new genre, "Enjoy the Journey Because the Whole Plot Is in the Title". It joins others such as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and "Titanic" (A.K.A., The Ship Hits an Iceberg and Sinks Whilst the Band Plays Nearer, My God, to Thee).

Sam Elliot and his ubiquitous moustache are the stars of this show. In fact, I think that that credits should read "... also starring Sam Elliot's Moustache".

The story is split between two time streams: one where The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot (henceforth, to be referred to as "The Man") kills Hitler and the other stream where The Man kills Bigfoot. (Oh, don't boo-hoo to me! It's in the bloody title!)

Apparently, you can put a Hitler moustache on any bum, and, Presto! One made-to-order Hitler! (You see moustaches are magical!)

Actual conversation:
Me: I didn't think that Hitler looked very convincing.
Joyce: Oh, that was supposed to be Hitler?
Me (incredulously): Yes, didn't you see his moustache. (Again, moustaches are magical.)

Back to the story:
After serving the US of A and killing Hitler, The Man somehow makes his escape from Germany.
The Man, world weary and haunted, is requisitioned by an F.B.I. lackey and a Québécois Canadian official to serve the US of A once again and, umm, kill the Bigfoot. (And it seems like the President of the US of A is pretty eager to see mushroom clouds over Canada.)
After killing Bigfoot, The Man somehow makes his escape from Quebec.

This unlikely story sounds like it could be splashed across the headline of a tabloid in a supermarket line-up, but, thanks to The Man and his moustache they're able to pull it off. As The Man said, "It is nothing like the comic book you want it to be."

I give The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot 7 moustachios out of 10, and I give The Man 9/10 moustachios. .

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chrisjabberwock86
Jul 31, 2019

While a lot of crazy-go-nuts films have been made recently with outlandish titles and premises, such as Hobo with a Shotgun, Turbo Kid, Iron Sky, and many others; this film is more like a Great American Movie that they just don't make anymore. The title conjures up lurid pulpy shenanigans, but rather than fall head-first into insanity and staying there, the film ends up asking deeper questions and giving a lot more emotional gravitas to the ins and outs of its titles implications. The writer/director stated he was inspired by Norman Rockwell paintings and it's a mighty obvious (and, for me, well-executed) feature of the movie. Idyllic Americana, begetting secrets of things greater than our understanding.

It is a story more about myth and legends, where The Man himself (as naturally played by Sam Elliott as could be imagined) is a humble individual whose actions don't necessarily make him a hero, just the man who was capable of doing the job. It dwells more on the inner life of someone that just wanted to marry his sweetheart and live his life peacefully in the town he grew up in, only to follow the call of his country and end up sacrificing quite a lot in the process. The "Big Foot" part of the story, which takes about 45 minutes to get to, is an amazing contrast (and, in many respects, counter-part) to the myth and reality of Calvin Barr's acts in WW2.

While it's obviously not for everybody, some of the comments here I found incredibly sad and disappointing, to see people flagrantly dismiss the movie. I decided to add this comment in support of a film that absolutely blew me away and is probably one of the most heartfelt pieces of cinema I've seen in a while. Sure, it's bizarre. But it gives you what it says on the tin and then delivers a deeper, more American, experience in the process.

If anything, just the scene at the dinner table, when Calvin's visited by someone asking about "this story I heard my granddaddy tell me," is worth watching it for alone. But if you can't buy into the movie then, I don't know what the heck to tell ya.

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ralwal
Jul 26, 2019

Very slow, not very good, only watched part of it.

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