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Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966)

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A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Russians Premier.

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Frieda Schmid
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Milo Stewart
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Alfred Morgan
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Jack Balter
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George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
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William Anderson
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Captain William Yates
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Involved crime drama about an intricate plan to rob an airport bank. Watch for the surprise ending and look quickly for a barely-recognizable Harrison Ford in his film debut, playing a bellhop. Written by Brett England

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The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!

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Crime | Comedy | Drama

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25 December 1966 (Brazil)  »

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Ladrón y amante  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The name tag on Harrison Ford's bellhop jacket reads "Thornton Wild" See more »

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Airport Theatre of The Absurd
17 January 2013 | by (philadelphia) – See all my reviews

For quite some time, this movie has held a place on my list of quintessential 60s guilty pleasure; it's a mini-super-light heist flick variation on some of the same themes in John Boorman's masterpiece, POINT BLANK - with its consistent visual chronicling of a transient American culture made anonymous by its materialistic-quack preoccupations (and thus,easily vulnerable to chameleon criminality). James Coburn, who plays DEAD HEAT'S hero shares some of Lee Marvin's traits in POINT BLANK. Both men move, mysteriously, like the wind, "beat the system," "win out" as anti-heroes but, in the process,they negate themselves out of existence ( they are, literally, "gone with the wind" at their respective pictures' fade-outs). On this last go-round, having just recently watched it again (via TCM), I'm prepared to give it a less qualified, more hearty endorsement. Writer-director, Bernard Girard makes the best case for modern international airports to be THE stage for absurdist comedy of any film I can think of. It begins with a mock-dramatic monologue by Coburn that keys the unique tongue-in-cheek tone of the film brilliantly and is probably the best acting he ever did on film. Stu Philips' catchy theme music maintains the puckish spirit of the piece in a way that few American movie scores of the 60s ( or movie scores of any other period for that matter) have been able to do as successfully or as memorably.


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