Legendary director John Ford's final film involving seven dedicated missionary women in China circa 1935 trying to protect themselves from the advances of a Mongolian barbaric warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.
After incurring the wrath of the mob, a comic flees Detroit for Chicago taking the name "Mickey One" from a stolen Social Security card from a homeless bum he witnesses being beaten up and ... See full summary »
Colini, an exiled American gangster living in Sicily, rescues Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini sends him on a vengeance mission to the United States to assassinate the men who plotted his downfall and enforced exile. Johnny arrives in New York and quickly kills several of the underworld figures on Colini's list. Meanwhile, he picks up Dare Guiness, a wealthy divorcée who becomes his accomplice, and she is severely beaten by the gangsters as a warning against the vendetta. Written by
William Asher, the director of the movie, and Elizabeth Montgomery, the female lead, were married in the same month that the film was released in the United States, October 1963. See more »
When Johnny and Dare last part, they agree to meet "tomorrow night, 7:00 at The Real Tony's". The next morning Dare says "he'll be in a restaurant called The Real Tony's 7:00 tomorrow night" but it would actually be that night. See more »
taut, slick, anomic, infected world of death 'morte'
Johnny Cool moves along at a bloody and violent pace. The bad guys are complex and heroic deeds few and far between. Dare's self-revelation about the innocence of her 'dolce vita' friends and the corruption and the prevalence of the underworld is almost understated. 40 years since the film was made, it still intoxicatingly drags the viewer back to a simpler albeit vicious time. The acting is almost uniformly true. Henry Silva is powerful and Elizabeth Montgomery is as sexy as the times would allow.It has some funny moments including Joey Bishop as a very verbal used car salesman
The murders are mostly quick and effective. Some are sloppy and brutal the way you know they must be in real life.
Every moment of this film is a hard little gem. Why films like this are so elusive escapes me.
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