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* AntagonistTitleAntagonistTitle: Eddie Miller, the eponymous sniper, has aspects of being a VillainProtagonist, but ultimately more of the film is devoted to the police efforts to catch him than to him and his crimes.

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No relation to ''Film/{{Sniper}}'', the action film series with Creator/TomBerenger.

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* DestroyTheEvidence: Miller rips up the dress he brought home from the home of his first victim and burns it i the furnace in the basement.

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* DestroyTheEvidence: Miller rips up the dress he brought home from the home of his first victim and burns it i in the furnace in the basement.

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* AntiClimax: Despite expectations of a violent shootout, Eddie Miller meekly surrenders when the police catch up with him: a pitiful figure cowering on his bedroom floor.


* PoliceProcedural: Half the film shows the police manhunt for the eponymous killer, including showing how much of it is laborious legwork following avenues of investigation that ultimately go nowhere; while all the while the public is expecting them to work miracles

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* PoliceProcedural: Half the film shows the police manhunt for the eponymous killer, including showing how much of it is laborious legwork following avenues of investigation that ultimately go nowhere; while all the while the public is expecting them to work miraclesmiracles.


* HeManWomanHater: Eddie Miller is suffering from full-blown psychotic misogyny, caused by issues involving his mother in his childhood (although what they are is never elaborated). he eventually snaps and becomes a SerialKiller targeting brunette women under 30. Police psychiatrist Dr. Kent, an early version of TheProfiler, correctly identifies that the police should be looking for man with history of crimes of violence against women.

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* HeManWomanHater: Eddie Miller is suffering from full-blown psychotic misogyny, caused by issues involving his mother in his childhood (although what they are is never elaborated). he He eventually snaps and becomes a SerialKiller targeting brunette women under 30. Police psychiatrist Dr. Kent, an early version of TheProfiler, correctly identifies that the police should be looking for man with history of crimes of violence against women.women.
* ThePeepingTom: The police start calling in every known sex offender in the city to quiz them. One of the offenders in the first batch is a peeping tom. It is watching his interview that convinces Dr. Kent that this is the wrong tactic. As he explains to Lt. Kafka, sex offenders stick to a particular type of crime, and they need to be looking for someone with a history of violence against women, not peeping toms.



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* TooDumbToLive: The teenager prowling the rooftops with an inoperative rifle while the police are conducting a manhunt for a sniper. Unusually for a film of the time, it is made clear that the boy is suffering from psychiatric problems and Lt. Kafka, who had been on the verge of letting him go, instead has him committed to receive psychiatric help before he turns into the next sniper.


''The Sniper'' is a 1952 American film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr and Marie Windsor.

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''The Sniper'' is a 1952 American film noir, FilmNoir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr and Marie Windsor.

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* ReluctantPsycho: Eddie Miller knows that what he is doing is wrong but cannot stop himself. The night before he commits his first murder he [[SelfHarm deliberately burns his hand]] on a hotplate in an attempt to have himself committed to a psych ward. This almost succeeds, but a wave of patients from a major accident causes the doctor to forget about Eddie. After his murder, Eddie sends an anonymous note to the police begging them to catch him before he kills again.

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* PoliceProcedural: Half the film shows the police manhunt for the eponymous killer, including showing how much of it is laborious legwork following avenues of investigation that ultimately go nowhere; while all the while the public is expecting them to work miracles

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* HeManWomanHater: Eddie Miller is suffering from full-blown psychotic misogyny, caused by issues involving his mother in his childhood (although what they are is never elaborated). he eventually snaps and becomes a SerialKiller targeting brunette women under 30. Police psychiatrist Dr. Kent, an early version of TheProfiler, correctly identifies that the police should be looking for man with history of crimes of violence against women.

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* HairTriggerTemper: Eddie Miller is a tightly compressed ball of rage waiting the smallest trigger--usually provided by a woman--to set him off. The best illustration probably occurs at the amusement park, where he goes from pitching baseballs with pinpoint accuracy at the trigger plate for the dunk tank to hurling them directly at the woman in the tank.

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