An American war veteran who assassinated Adolf Hitler is called
into action by his government to hunt down and kill Bigfoot.
The Man Who Killed Hitler
With a title like The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, I reasonably expected this film to have more than five minutes worth of Hitler and Bigfoot. Alas, that was not the case. This film is more of a character study of fictional war hero Calvin Barr, and I don't give a damn about him. I came here to watch Sam Elliott hunt down a sasquatch, and that ended up being a small chunk of a movie that was mostly watching young Calvin (Turner) court and lose the love of his life (Fitzgerald). How do you make a film like this and not create a satire or an over-the-top action comedy? How in the hell is this basically a drama?
During World War II, skilled soldier and assassin Calvin Barr (Elliott) is ordered to infiltrate the German high command and assassinate Adolf Hitler. The film brings up the interesting idea that there a number of Hitler lookalikes created by the German government, including one who shot himself in the bunker. But Barr got the real Hitler. This bit is a brief flashback at the beginning. Then, in his old age, Barr is recruited by the FBI and Canadian secret service to hunt down Bigfoot, who is the carrier of a super plague that could wipe out the world. So, Barr goes to Canada and shoots it in the head. We don't even get a scene of Barr hunting it down. There's a brief fight scene when it wakes up, but it's still remarkably disappointing considering I expected the hunt for the squatch to be the bulk of the movie.
This film is a missed opportunity for a cult classic that's equal parts Grindhouse and The Hunter. Despite a decent performance from Sam Elliott, this thing is boring and holds itself back the entire time. Why give your film the ridiculous title it has if you're not gonna lean into the absurdity of it? What a letdown.