Yeah, you read that right. Written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot, is the story of WW2 veteran Calvin Barr ( Sam Elliott ), who gets tasked by the governmont to eliminate the source of a new virus, Bigfoot.
WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD
Calvin Barr lives a relatively peaceful life with his dog, having previously served fought in Nazi Germany during WW2. His brother, who works as a barber makes a few appearences, but doesn’t contribute to much storywise, narratively or other. One night, a group of gangsters try to steal his car, he fights them off, winning.
He’s then followed by governmont agents, who convince him to track down and kill Bigfoot, the source of a new virus which my be the end of humanity ( PS, I am not making this up ). Also, Sam Elliott is one of the only people in the world immune to the Bigfoot virus, Sam Elliott refuses the job, talking about his experience killing Hitler. According to him, he didn’t kill Hitler, he killed a man. A thing he never wants to do again. Eventually, Sam Elliott agrees.
Sam Elliott journeys to the Bigfoot infested area in Canada. The only weapons he takes are a rifle, and a hunting knife, that’s it. After venturing into the woods. He sucessfully hunts Bigfoot down, Bigfoot wounds him. He eventually kills Bigfoot. Instead of giving him up to the governmont, Sam Elliott decides to burn the body. Bigfoot was still alive, he attacks Sam Elliott, severly wounding him, he gets the upper hand, shooting him to death. Sam Elliott falls on his back, and collapses. Seemingly dying.
Sam Elliott’s brother delivers a heartfelt speech at his Eulogy. The public has no idea how he actually died. Later, when his brother is out fishing with Sam Elliot’s dog. It turns out however, Sam Elliott is still alive. The two then go on a fishing trip together.
Despite having one of the most bizarre setups in the history of cinema. TMWKH&TTB was surprisingly overall an enjoyable film, much better then I expected. Sam Elliott’s acting carried much of the film, oddly enough Calvin Barr was an interesting character study, showing how someone who killed the most evil man in recent history, who then refuses to kill at all . The only real flaw of the movie is it’s overabuse of soundtrack, trying way too hard to evoke emotion through it’s use. Overall, I’d give the film a 6/10.
PS, happy birthday to Arnold Schwarzenegger