The Best 72 Films of Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark's finest performance, at least in the Fox years
(1947-1954). Mr. Widmark, my favorite actor, is just excellent
as the small time hustler, Harry Fabian, with huge ambitions.
Astonishingly beautiful Gene Tierney gives great support, as does
Francis Sullivan, Googie Withers, and Herbert Lom. Truly enjoyable
film making from Jules Dassin, with the wonderful Dick Widmark at his best! ” - John Jacoby
Dorothy Malone and Dolores Michaels, this movie is the first of five pairings of Widmark with lifelong friend, Henry Fonda. Fonda is
his usual flawless, but Widmark's character, Johnny Gannon, is one of his best and my personal favorite. It is touching, human, and sympathetic. This underrated western has pace and plot and is entertaining, start to finish. ” - John Jacoby
of Widmark's wonderful acting career, having lead roles in important
and popular films including The Alamo, Judgment at Nuremberg, and How the West Was Won. In addition, Widmark starred in two John Ford films, Two Rode Together and Cheyenne Autumn, during the time frame. Bedford was one of Widmark's strongest acting efforts
and it is a very entertaining and suspenseful thriller. The cast includes lifelong friend, Sid Poitier, and good buddy, Marty Balsam in addition to Eric Portman, James MacArthur and Wally Cox. Look for a young Donald Sutherland in a small but interesting early appearance.
A must see! ” - John Jacoby
This court room drama of the Nuremberg trials of the Nazi Judges
post WWII features an awesome cast including Burt Lancaster,
Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Max Schell (who earned the Oscar for Best actor), and my favorite actor, Richard Widmark. The performances of the stars are uniformly excellent, especially Tracy, Clift and Schell. It is the best picture that Dick Widmark appeared in and it is gratifying that he was cast as the prosecutor, a very Widmark type role and further in his second pairing with his most admired actor (Tracy) and that he more than held his own among the screen legends. Great cast. Great film. Great personal achievement for Dick Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
to the American Indian, in this, his last western epic. The idea for
Cheyenne Autumn was brought to Ford, years before by Richard
Widmark and Widmark was rewarded by being cast in the lead role,
heading an excellent ensemble which included Carol Baker, Karl
Malden, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Sal Mineo and Dolores
Del Rio. Appearing as guest stars were the always excellent James Stewart and the indomitable Edward G. Robinson, as Secretary of the Interior.
It was the zenith of Dick Widmark's fine acting career and the second
pairing with John Ford, and Widmark was flawless, and excellent in the lead and looked very natural in a cavalry uniform. This quite a good film but a special treat for fans of Ford and especially Widmark.
Boots and saddles, mister!! ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark shines in one of his best performances as pickpocket, Skip McCoy, in this first rate noir thriller. Widmark stars
opposite sultry Jean Peters and the chemistry is palpable. Good support from Richard Kiley and the irrespressible and wonderful
Thelma Ritter. Don't miss this one. ” - John Jacoby
Elia Kazan directs Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas in this taut thriller about epidemic plague threatening the City of New Orleans. Gritty and realistic with fine performances from the leads and great support from Jack Palance and Zero Mostel. Widmark is the Army Doctor and Douglas is the tough good cop in this entertaining film.
The usual excellence from the gifted Kazan. ” - John Jacoby
Sidney Lumet. Albert Finney is a wonder and heads the impressive cast. Bravura performances all around. As for Richard Widmark, my only regret is that his character meets his demise within the first twenty minutes! Nevertheless, the film is high camp at at it's very best and enjoyable movie magic, watching the talented ensemble
playfully overact at the superb direction of the talented Lumet. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark is wonderfully frightening and steals every scene in this, his notorious and historic film debut. Victor Mature, never better, Coleen Gray, never lovelier, and story holds up as suspenseful and entertaining to this day. As well, Karl Malden became good friends with Widmark, starting on the set of this film. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark and Henry Fonda co - starred in five films. Madigan is the third and it's a good one, with Widmark as the hard boiled detective and Fonda as the police commissioner. The story shifts
back and forth between the two leads to include the human drama
of their personal lives as sub text to the main police chase story.
Fonda is, as usual, excellent in a dignified understated performance, strikingly realistic. Widmark is intense and driven in contrast and it works. The supporting cast is impressive and includes Inger Stevens,
James Whitmore, Harry Guardino, Michael Dunn, and Don Stroud. Wonderful police drama made excellent by the Widmark/Fonda chemistry. Very entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
Directed by the wonderful, Joe Mankiewicz, Sidney Poitier makes his
powerful film debut in this drama of racial tensions. This film is great viewing and compelling, but moreover marked the the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Sid Poitier and good natured Dick Widmark. Good story, good acting and historically significant! ” - John Jacoby
first of two pairings with Richard Widmark, strong in support, and grateful to appear in any capacity with Tracy. The cast also includes
the lovely Jean Peters, Robert Wagner (never better), Katy Jurado,
E.G. Marshall and Earl Holliman. Western masterpeice. ” - John Jacoby
Peck, feisty and alluring Anne Baxter and my favorite, Richard
Widmark. Good story, well written and great support from John Russell and Harry Morgan. Directed by tough Bill Wellman.
Solid and western yarn. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark produces (and stars in) his production company's first feature film. It is a military Justice drama, perfectly cast and wonderfully acted. Co-starring with Widmark are Richard Basehart,
Dolores Michaels, Rip Torn, June Lockhart and friend, Marty Balsam.
The special treat is that is the directorial debut by Widmark's close friend, Karl Malden, his only effort behind the camera. The movie is suspenseful and taut and a home run for the first time producer Widmark and first time director, Malden. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark plays the President of the United States in this, the very first made for TV mini series released in 1971. Widmark is solid and received an emmy nomination in this political thriller. The
wonderful supporting cast includes Robert Young (excellent as the
adversary Senator), E. G. Marshall, James Farentino, Arthur Hill,
Murray Hamilton, William Shatner, and Eleanor Parker. It is a really
entertaining well paced thriller and paved the way for what is now very common television format. ” - John Jacoby
and heroes. It is one of the greatest casts ever assembled in a motion picture and features among many other stars James Stewart,
Carroll Baker, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Karl Malden, Walter Brennan, Robert Preston, Eli Wallach,
George Peppard, and my favorite actor, the reliable Richard Widmark. Three directors lent their talents to this entertaining saga. The standouts in the awesome cast were Peppard (never better), Gregory Peck and Dick Widmark. Well worth a look. ” - John Jacoby
The movie is a long and long winded saga of the defense of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as
Davy Crockett. The action scenes are first rate as is the acting of
Widmark and tough as nails Richard Boone. But the story is a bit of a cornball mush, but a good vehicle for Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Finally, Richard Widmark is able to set aside his bad guy image to star in this atmospheric seafaring story. Widmark's character is tender and kind hearted, as was the man in real life. The trio
of young Dean Stockwell, Widmark and the wonderful Lionel Barrymore is just magic, reminiscent of the trio in Captains Courageous, though more muted and understated. Great vehicle for Widmark to show his versatility. ” - John Jacoby
Fine, compelling, suspenseful thriller from 1978, set in a huge Boston Medical Center features alluring Genevieve Bujold as a Doctor
on the trail of a conspiracy that puts otherwise healthy surgery patients into life ending coma. Michael Douglas is excellent as the sympathetic boyfriend and the good cast also includes Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, along with the wonderful Richard Widmark, reprising his early bad guy roles as the evil Doctor at the core of the conspiracy. Good story telling, well paced, and entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
Neat crime caper in post war Berlin in great vehicle for reliable leading man, Richard Widmark, who shines in the lead role as an American Airman who plans to heist a cache of gold to aid a damsel in distress. Mai Zetterling is alluring as the love interest and the wonderful cast includes Nigel Patrick, George Cole and great British stage thespian, Sir Donald Wolfit. Gripping, taut and entertaining. ” - John Jacoby
a stand out in a cast with great chemistry. Ida Lupino is sultry, sexy and tough. Cornel Wilde and the wonderful Celeste Holm equally good in a crackling story of jealousy and intrigue. Widmark is
just great and elevates the film considerably. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark turns in one of his best performances as a heavy drinking, down and out, aging rodeo cowboy mentoring a young American Indian rodeo rider. Frederick Forrest is fine and quite understated as the gifted young rider, and the pairing with Widmark
works very well and makes for an interesting character study. This film was a signpost in Widmark's acting career and is his last starring role in a theatrical release. Thereafter Widmark starred in
ten made for TV films (some really quite good) and gave great support in several first rate theatrical releases (Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Twilight's Last Gleaming, Against All Odds etc). Widmark gives a wonderful performance in this off beat but enjoyable drama. ” - John Jacoby
Well before the popularity of buddy movies and road movies, the masterful John Ford creates a likeable pairing in this western "rode"
movie with Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark at their dusty trail,
plain talking, best. Town marshal Stewart is enlisted by cavalry officer Widmark to rescue white survivors among the Comanche captives.
The movie entertains start to finish thanks to the fine acting of the leads and good support from John McIntyre, Shirley Jones, and a host of Fordians, including Andy Devine, John Qualen, Harry Carey Jr. and Ken Curtis. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark is excellent in this very different, interesting drama of racial conflict in back woods bayou Louisana. A group of elderly black men take a stand in protecting good friend and neighbor, Louis Gossett, Jr. from being blamed for the murder of a racist farmer. The intriguing story features a wonderful cast in addition to the veteran leads, including feisty and pretty Holly Hunter (just before her bravura turn in Broadcast News), Will Patton, Joe Seneca and Woody Strode. Compelling. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark is excellent in this off beat western. as the long time marshal, Frank Patch, who has overstayed his welcome in the turn of the century, western town. The locals want him out, but old Patch does not see it that way. Widmark's career had begun to ebb in the late sixties and this film is a bit of a last hurrah as the main star in a major theatrical releases. Widmark's performance is fabulous and elevates the movie to a highly entertaining if off beat offering.
Good support from Carroll O'Connor, Lena Horne, John Saxon and Kent Smith, as well as old western pros Dub Taylor and Larry Gates,
both in the picture. ” - John Jacoby
Fine noir thriller told documentary style with Mark Stevens and Richard Widmark as adversaries, with nice support from Lloyd Nolan and Ed Begley. Widmark is again menacing and wickedly convincing as the crime boss. Entertaining and well crafted. ” - John Jacoby
Good thriller from 1977 with Burt Lancaster as a renegade General who takes control of a strategic missile launching silo in the remote
Northwest. The excellent cast includes Widmark as the General trying to thwart the plans of Lancaster. Venerable Melvyn Douglas
and screen legend Joseph cotton appear along with Charles Durning
(miscast as the President), Richard Jaeckel, Paul Winfield and Burt Young. Well paced and exciting. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark excels in this exciting western drama, opposite stoic good guy, Robert Taylor. John Sturges ably brings to the screen a very good story with excellent acting, beautifully filmed settings and good action. Another solid Widmark western. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark stars in this warm, timely, made for TV drama about the impact of Court ordered bussing in the early 80's and it's effect on average New England families. Widmark is terrific and the film is well crafted and pleasing on several levels. It is also a nostalgic reunion of Widmark with the wonderful character actor, Ossie Davis, and the lovely and talented Ruby Dee, as husband and wife yet again, just as they were thirty years earlier in the Widmark classic from 1950, No Way Out, which was the powerful film debut of the great Sid Poitier. Touching movie magic. ” - John Jacoby
Directed by Warner's studio veteran Lloyd Bacon (many Cagney, Bogart, Robinson features), this is an entertaining look at the UDT
(underwater demolition teams) crews in wartime. Widmark is a standout in a gifted cast which includes Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill, and a small role for wise cracking Harvey Lembeck and a very early role for wonderful character actor, Jack Warden. Well crafted and suspenseful. ” - John Jacoby
Entertaining suspenseful story starring the talented and likeable Jeff
Bridges. The romantic interest is lovely Rachel Ward and the fine cast also includes James Woods, Alex Karras, and Dorian Harewood.
For Widmark, it's a reunion with his co-star from the 1956 "Run for the Sun", Jane Greer. Widmark and Greer have small but key roles in the film. The movie is a loose remake of "Out of the Past" from 1947, and it's well worth a look. ” - John Jacoby
Taut, fast paced adventure set in the jungles of Mexico with Richard
Widmark in excellent form, as a pilot whose plane crashes in the jungle. Widmark and co -star, Jane Greer are rescued by Trevor Howard and Peter Van Eyck, Nazi sympathizers in hiding. A variation of "The Most Dangerous Game", the movie entertains start to finish.
Howard and Widmark make excellent adversaries. ” - John Jacoby
Entertaining thriller from 1977 with George Segal on the trail of amusement park bomber extortionist threatening major California theme park for ransom. Tim Bottoms (always underrated) is the young saboteur, and Richard Widmark is the Federal agent in charge.
The threesome play off each other very well. Segal is terrific as the sarcastic, rebellious point man on the trail. Henry Fonda appears briefly in the fourth (of five) pairing with Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
Exciting, interesting Civil War drama of bold cattle rustling scheme by the Confederate South. The pairing of William Holden as the cattle baron and Richard Widmark as the Confederate Colonel is
quite entertaining. Widmark and Holden became good friends during the schooting of this action film, which was directed by Edw. Dmytryck. It was the third pairing of Widmark and Dmytryck and a good one. ” - John Jacoby
Good Military story of tough drill Sergeant with a heart of gold, ably portrayed by Richard Widmark. Written and directed by the talented
Richard Brooks, and co -starring good friend, Karl Malden. Enjoyable story. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark plays Senator James Stiles in this, his final film and swan song to a grand and glorious acting career. It is splendid and
satisfying that Mr. Widmark is type cast or Widmark cast as a tough minded individualist , a part he has owned his 44 year, 72 film movie acting career. The movie is a breakout for main stars John Cusack and James Spader in this well written, well paced political drama
and character study. Also in support are Mandy Patinkin, Phil Bosco,
Paul Guilfoyle, lovely Imogen Stubbs, and fittingly, as Mrs. Stiles, the beautiful and ageless Dina Merill, as the last of the Widmark women, joining an impressive array of co -stars over the 44 years.
A grand finish in a very fine film for the wonderful Richard Widmark. ” - John Jacoby
In this heavily plotted, entertaining western, reliable star, Widmark,
searches for the survivors of a massacre, and discovers his past, with the lovely Donna Reed along for the interesting ride. The intriguing
story features excellent support from John McIntyre, and frequent co -star, Harry Morgan. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark is the whole show in this grim thriller about an
American mercenary enlisted to rescue a scientist behind the iron curtain. Locations in Vienna and Hungary heighten the atmosphere
of this dark, but entertaining cold war drama. Senta Berger and Sonia
Ziemann in support. Check the writing credit, a real treat as the writer of the screenplay is Ms. Jean Hazlewood, who was Mrs. Richard Widmark, to whom the wonderful Richard was devoted all their lives. All in the family makes for an entertaining treat. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark's first foray into the war drama genre is a good one,
directed by legendary Lewis Milestone and featuring a cast of rising stars including Widmark's lifelong friend, Karl Malden, along with Robert Wagner, Jack Palance, and Richard Boone. Good action, but most notable for the gifted cast. ” - John Jacoby
Gus is a mischievous five year old and Dick Widmark the kind hearted Dad in this engaging comedy/drama. Female co - stars include the lovely Joanne Dru as the dedicated teacher and Audrey Totter as the conniving ex - wife. This excellent film is a must see for Widmark fans as it is a change of pace from the tough guy roles. ” - John Jacoby
Widmark is excellent in this western story of survival. Last Wagon marks the transition for Widmark into the "western years" which continues for more than a decade with a few notable exceptions.
Co -stars include the lovely Felicia Farr and several very fine adolescent actors, all giving good performances. Widmark saves the
day combating one adventure after another. Exciting! ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark is back in the saddle again, where is is always at his plain talking best, and is fine as Will Spence, aging lawman who is forced to confront a legendary western gang on their "last day" in a small Kansas town. The cast includes Robert Conrad, Barbara Rush,
Richard Jaeckel, Tim Matheson, Morgan Woodward and Loretta Swit.
Wonderful character actor and Widmark friend, Harry Morgan narrates
and adds color and authenticity. ” - John Jacoby
Engrossing made for TV drama from 1981 about reaction to a beached whale in a small Northeastern fishing village. Peter Strauss
is fine as the stranded sailor and family man and Widmark gives yet another outstanding performance as one of the town's leaders
sympathetic to Strauss. Fine drama. ” - John Jacoby
Adventure western with a wonderful cast headed by laconic and leathery
Gary Cooper, lovely Susan Hayward and Richard Widmark as the unlikely hero in this entertaining parable set in the rugged mountains of
Mexico. Good entertainment and a must see for fans of Cooper, Hayward and Widmark. Look for sexy Rita Moreno, bringing down the cantina early in the film. ” - John Jacoby
The wonderful Richard Widmark is back battling a major hurricane
and major personal demons in this 1949 melodrama. Our hero romances two screen lovelies, Linda Darnell and Veronica Lake in this film. Widmark's performance elevates otherwise routine melodrama. ” - John Jacoby
Five entertaining vignettes from the mind of O. Henry and the directorial skills of Howard Hawks, Henry Hathaway and others.
In "The Clarion Call", Richard Widmark reprises his film debut character from Kiss of Death; that of the blood curdling giggling killer, Tommy Udo, only with a different name but the same giggle and the same evil ways. The performance elevates this brief tale, part of the wonderful quintet of stories. ” - John Jacoby
George Chikiris, and Shirley Knight, not long after her wondeful turn in Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Good rescue sequences and fine acting by Widmark and Knight. ” - John Jacoby
Keith Carradine is fine and understated as the amnesia victim who holds they key. Nice cat and mouse suspense as the story unfolds. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark, in another worthy performance, elevates this otherwise ordinary actioner about the sky jumping fire fighters of the Northwest. Good drama and good support from Jeffrey Hunter and
Richard Boone. ” - John Jacoby
Different drama with Marilyn Monroe as the disturbed babysitter
and pilot Widmark as restless guy across the hall who takes an
interest. (Who would not?) As it turns out, Widmark should have stayed with adorable Anne Bancroft in a very early role before anyone knew she was one of the greatest actresses in history. Worth a look, if only for the wonderful cast. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark gives a rich compassionate performance in this quiet
atmospheric drama about a May/November romance. Talented and
lovely Faye Dunaway is always excellent and the pairing with Widmark works on several levels. Neil Patrick Harris is delightful in the quietly paced drama. A different and rare look for aging Widmark works well. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark stars in this interesting light hearted western in which the cast of character actors is the real treat. The group includes Stuart Whitman, Chuck Connors, Dub Taylor, Jack Elam,
Kevin Mc Carthy, Ken Curtis and Royal Dano. Lovely
Angie Dickinson is the romantic interest, torn between Widmark and
and the outlaw lead, played by a miscast Willie Nelson. Campy and good fun. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark stars in this crime drama of wanted mobster, Lee J.
Cobb, hiding in a very small California desert community, with plans to exit the Country ahead of the law. Widmark is the lawyer abetting the plan. Widmark breathes some life into this routine crime drama. Along with Cobb are Tina Louise, Earl Holliman and Lorne Greene in support. ” - John Jacoby
Great cast somewhat wasted in this poorly produced western, saved
only by the performance of veterans Widmark and Robert Mitchum.
This story had great potential that was not realized. Still, watchable for the acting of the leads and the it's the film debut of perky, pretty, sexy and wildly talented Sally Field. ” - John Jacoby
One year after being directed by good friend and first time director, Karl Malden, Widmark is cast in a rare comedy and directed by the
great Gene Kelly, superb actor and one of the greatest dancers ever.
Widmark handles the comedy diversion opposite bubbly Doris Day,
and gives a competent and likeable performance. ” - John Jacoby
Very offbeat and somewhat off putting drama about the moonshine manufacturers in the South sparring with the inevitable revenuers.
The movie is saved by the gifted cast and the quirky chemistry of the three leads, Patrick McGoohan as the interloper, Alan Alda as the young moonshine maker and Widmark is back to his roots as the evil Doctor looking to profit in any way he can. Worth watching for the good acting. Look for Teri Garr in an early and very small role. ” - John Jacoby
Although both screen greats were wildly miscast, and the movie has a comic strip feel to it, Widmark and Poitier (good friends in real life)
always entertain on the screen. In this action packed costumer, the Viking and the Moor join forces in search of a great treausure, a giant gold bell. It's great fun all the way and the supporting cast includes beautiful Rosanna Schiaffino, Oscar Homolka, and athletic Russ Tamblyn. ” - John Jacoby
Great cast in this disappointing Alistair MacLean mystery thriller set on Bear Island. Widmark dons a heavy German accent and is good in support. The wonderful cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Lee, Barbara Parkins and Lloyd Bridges and they all try hard, but can't save this wannabe thriller. ” - John Jacoby
Interesting only for the fabulous cast, wasted in this silly soap opera about a psychiatric hospital where the staff are wackier than than the patients. Still, it's always great watching reliable veteran Widmark. The cast includes Lauren Bacall, Gloria Grahame, Lillian Gish and then newcomer, Susan Strasberg. The male actors are a miscast Charles Boyer and a young brooding John Kerr. Mr. Minnelli
is out out of his element in this one. ” - John Jacoby
Worth viewing only for another good performance by Widmark, as a retired Naval officer commanding a ship on a desparate mission.
Co -stars include lovely Bela Darvi, along with David Wayne. It's the second collaboration with director Sam Fuller. For Widmark fans, it's great fun. ” - John Jacoby
Richard Widmark, in a supporting role, directed by lifelong buddy, Sid Poitier, in this comic thriller. Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner try hard, and are cute, but the story is heavy handed and idiotic, and the acting can't quite carry the day. Worthwhile only for the pairing of Widmark and Poitier, for the fourth time. ” - John Jacoby
Widmark excels in this, his only foray into the horror genre (Thank goodness). Widmark is better known for westerns, military roles,
and diverse bad guys. This film, while not great, is an enjoyable, straight forward horror drama. Good in support are Christopher Lee
and beautiful Nastasia Kiinski. ” - John Jacoby
Otto Preminger directed this adaptation of the G.B. Shaw play about Saint Joan of Arc of France. An excellent cast is assembled with lovely Jean Seberg in the title role, along with Richard Todd, Felix Aylmer, and the wonderful John Gielgud. Richard Widmark puts down his gun and holster to play the Dauphin, King of France, and gives his best efforts despite being dreadfully miscast. ” - John Jacoby
This muddled attempt at a cold war thriller stars smart and sexy JudyDavis, just before her terrific turn in Passage to India. Unfortunately, David Lean did not direct this one. Richard Widmark, as the Secretary of State has to little screen time to elevate this awful feature. ” - John Jacoby
Dick Widmark is entertaining, even in this silly, poorly written western comedy about a "love curse" that is carried down through the generations. Bombastic Cesar Romero and expansive Topol
co -star. For Widmark fans only, of which, there is none more passionate than this writer. ” - John Jacoby
Worth viewing for the incredible cast of Hollywood legends, this film is the disaster film equivalent of Heaven's Gate to the "epic" genre
and Ishtar to the comedy genre. The Swarm elicits snickers and guffaws universally as one of the worst disaster films of all time.
Great waste of splendid cast. Notable as the fifth of five pairings
of Widmark with good friend, Henry Fonda, and Widmark uttering the immortal line, "Will history blame me, or the bees?" How about
Irwin Allen, and the screen writers, for starters. ” - John Jacoby
Widmark gives his best and is the only saving grace in this murky,
muddled thriller from 1977. The gifted Gene Hackman has certainly been better, as has director, Stanley Kramer, and co-stars, Mickey Rooney and Candace Bergen. The movie is labored and boring except for reliable Widmark. Not worthy of the great cast. ” - John Jacoby
Not his best, but Richard Widmark is always good even in lesser quality films such as this poorly written, poorly directed bomb from 1976. Widmark's career in the 70's had ebbed; screen appeareances were limited to supporting roles in several good films (Murder on the Orient Express, Coma, Twilight's Last Gleaming) and made for TV films including Vanished, The Last Day, Brock's Last Case, and
Mr. Horn. Then there were the really awful films such as this one, Domino Principle, To the Devil a Daughter, and The Swarm. But I could watch Widmark reading the newspaper, so of course, I liked the film. ” - John Jacoby
It would be hard to imagine a worse movie. The utter nonsense put on the screen is supposed to be a spoof, but it is just nonsensical meanderings, with no wit, no plot and no taste at all. Still, Richard
Widmark is in the cast and so the film has a modicum of relevance only for the die hard fans of Mr. Widmark, of which there is none more ardent than this writer. So pass the aspirin and tequila and hit play! ” - John Jacoby