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4 October 1963 (Mexico) See more »
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A teenager trying to help an accident victim finds himself enmeshed in political corruption and racketeering and charged with a murder he didn't commit. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Donn Harling 
 
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Richard DeLong Adams  story and screenplay (as Richard Adams)
George Mitchell  story and screenplay

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Donn Harling .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava 
 
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
 
Film Editing by
Ron Honthaner 
 
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Eddie Gay .... choreographer
Margaret Gay .... choreographer
 

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Vigorous B-pic overcomes low budget, 18 October 2006
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal

This obscurity is one of the stream of grungy B-movies with boisterous jazz scores and snazzy credit sequences that followed in the wake of iconoclastic A-pix like "Anatomy of a Murder" and "The Man with the Golden Arm". The credits, with a twisting, falling cut-out silhouette, are a pretty cool Saul Bass imitation, and the main title appears abruptly at the very end of the picture.

The story concerns a hot-shot teen who stumbles onto a mob execution in progress. The gangsters conveniently set him up as the fall guy. He spends most of the picture on the run from both the cops and a brutish hit man called "the Indian" while he tries to unravel the plot against him.

This seems to be a one-off independent production and the low budget shows. The sets are minimal (several scenes look like they were filmed in someone's basement), the low-key lighting harsh, and the day-for-night photography and post-sync dubbing are too obvious. Nonetheless, the filmmakers are canny enough to make this a very watchable film. The throbbing score and quick cutting keep up the pace, the acting is edgy and believable, and there's a good sense of visual composition with noirish shadows. Best of all, the story throws something sensational at us every ten minutes (my favorite bit being a cat-fight that breaks out incongruously in the middle of a mob sit-down).

It doesn't have the resonance of "Blast of Silence" or "Angel's Flight", but taken on its own terms, it's much more successful than one would expect.

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