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Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie... See full summary »

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Cast

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Eddie Pedak
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Kristine Pedak
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Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
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Walter Pedak
John Davis Chandler ...
James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
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Lt. Kebner SFPD
Steve Mitchell ...
Frank Kane
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Kathy Pedak
Tony Musante ...
Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
Zekial Marko ...
Luke
Russell Lee ...
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Yuki Shimoda ...
John Ling, Chinese Funeral Director
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Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, the second wants him for one last heist. Written by Jonathan <jrd@netvision.net.il>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

8 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scratch a Thief  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Production was delayed several days while the crew waited for cloudy daytime weather to add atmosphere to the big finale. This was just fine with star Ann-Margret. She had been introduced for the second time to future-husband Roger Smith, who was performing in a Frisco nightclub, and she wasn't looking forward to leaving him. See more »

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Although set in one of the least parking-friendly cities in the country, everyone in movie always manages to find a parking spot directly in front of wherever they are going in San Francisco. See more »

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The Right To Love (Reflections)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Gene Lees
Performed by Irene Reid
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Quite a standard movie and story but brought well to the screen by cast & crew.
10 July 2006 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Lets face it. The 'film-noir' period was already over its peak and as good as death already in 1965, when this movie was released. This movie is a late attempt to revive the film-noir genre, with some big names involved. They partly succeeded. The movie works quite well as a crime/thriller movie but it lacks the certain style, characters and subtle style of film-making to consider this movie a good attempt at the film-noir genre.

All of the classic ingredients are present here but everything doesn't always connect very well. Some of the story lines are underdeveloped and it often leaves more questions than answers. I still don't fully understand what the point was of the robbery/killing in the beginning of the movie. Some of the events in the movie feel silly but it luckily doesn't make the movie any less pleasant to watch. So even though everything in the movie is far from flawless it still is a good enough crime/thriller to watch.

The main plot line isn't anything too terribly exciting but it's told in a good way. Director Ralph Nelson brought the standard and thin story well to the screen and even manages to make the movie look exciting, thrilling and surprising.

The musical score by Lalo Schifrin is quite odd but its suits the movie very well and therefor I liked it.

The characters and cast are good and interesting. OK so Alain Delon might not be the best leading man but the supporting cast certainly compensates for this. Ann-Margret shows she is a great actress although she mainly only does some screaming and crying in this movie. It gets a bit too much after a while. Van Heflin and Jack Palance were also great and John Davis Chandler beautifully plays a ruthless villainous looking villain. He absolutely stole the show in most of the sequences he was present in.

A good enough crime/thriller that deserves to be seen.

7/10

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