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Bernard Girard (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1966 (Brazil) See more »
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Tagline:
The slickest swingin'est con man who ever took the world for a ride!
Plot:
A paroled conman co-ordinates the robbery of an L. A. Airport bank with the arrival of the Russians Premier. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
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Airport Theatre of The Absurd See more (20 total) »

Cast

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James Coburn ... Eli Kotch

Camilla Sparv ... Inger Knudson

Aldo Ray ... Eddie Hart
Nina Wayne ... Frieda Schmid

Robert Webber ... Milo Stewart

Rose Marie ... Margaret Kirby
Todd Armstrong ... Alfred Morgan

Marian McCargo ... Dr. Marion Hague (as Marian Moses)

Michael Strong ... Paul Feng
Severn Darden ... Miles Fisher
James Westerfield ... Jack Balter
Phillip Pine ... George Logan (as Phillip E. Pine)
Simon Scott ... William Anderson
Ben Astar ... General Mailenkoff
Michael St. Angel ... Captain William Yates
Larry D. Mann ... Officer Howard (as Lawrence Mann)
Alex Rodine ... Translator
Al Nalbandian ... Willie Manus (as Albert Nalbandian)
Tyler McVey ... Lyman Mann
Roy Glenn ... Sergeant Elmer K. Coxe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wolfe Barzell ... Red Thompson (uncredited)
Paul Birch ... Bill Simpson (uncredited)
Pepe Callahan ... Aztec Airlines Dispatcher (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Joe (uncredited)
Abel Fernandez ... Aztec Airlines Attendant (uncredited)

Harrison Ford ... Bellhop Pager (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Stephanie Hill ... Janice Brown (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Warden (uncredited)
Rex Holman ... First Inmate Being Counselled (uncredited)
Tanya Lemani ... Belly Dancer (uncredited)

Steve London ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ... Undertaker (uncredited)
William Phipps ... Kleiner (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Cop at Airport (uncredited)
Sabrina Scharf ... Girl in Bed with Eli (uncredited)
Justin Smith ... Mr. Robin (uncredited)

Vic Tayback ... Denver Police Detective Merchant (uncredited)
Lorna Thayer ... Passenger on Mexico Flight (uncredited)
Vincent Van Lynn ... Detective (uncredited)
George Wallace ... Police chief Captain Yates (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Mrs. Galbrace (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernard Girard 
 
Writing credits
Bernard Girard (written by)

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stu Phillips 
 
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Art Direction by
Walter M. Simonds 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Mike Frankovich Jr. .... unit production manager (as M. Frankovich Jr.)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
 
Sound Department
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
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USA:104 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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The name tag on Harrison Ford's bellhop jacket reads "Thornton Wild"See more »
Quotes:
Eli Kotch:I was driving all over L.A. today, trying to find "the city." But there's no city here. It's just a... a giant village.See more »

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Airport Theatre of The Absurd, 17 January 2013
Author: jacegaffney from philadelphia

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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