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This is an average to above-average heist film that is helped immeasurably
by the lovely Elke Sommer's presence. Once again, she wasn't able to do
much with her character, beside being eye candy. Gary Lockwood is staid,
Lee J. Cobb gruff, and Jack Palance wired tight as we have come to
A 6 out of 10. Best performance = Elke Sommer. These late 60's crime pics were churned out ad nauseum, but the criminals' plan itself is fairly interesting. Elke adds a measure of class with her beauty and poise that helps it plug along. I remember seeing this at the drive-in on a double bill with THE WILD BUNCH.
Lee J. Cobb, Jack Palance, Elke Sommer and Gary Lockwood (2001) in caper film set in Las Vegas. Some wonderful actors who don't really have the chance to interact. Elke is fabulous as usual, but we don't see enough of her, and her dalliances with Cobb and Lockwood to create any real excitement. Palance and Cobb growl their best but are let down by the ponderous pace. Some great scenes and ideas (hiding the armored car in the middle of the Nevada desert), and some truncated interplay between Palance and Sommer that suggests that a lot was left on the cutting room floor. But great fun to watch just to see a great looking classic sixties cast. Whatever happened to Gary Lockwood?
I saw this movie as a child and still remember it. It has one of those plots that's so interesting that you don't forget it. It reminds me of "Sudden Fury"(Canadian) and "Loophole" (UK). Wish they'd bring it out on DVD. I remember Elke Summer and Lee J. Cobb in it. Didn't recall Jack Palance at all. The movie is very believable and the plot and motives of the characters interesting. At one point it seems the whole thing has reached a stalemate and you didn't have a sense of what direction the plot is going to take which was right down my street. Hate those movies where you can guess how the plot will play out and it does just that. If you want a movie with an unpredictable and interesting plot this is it.
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When this film came out in 68, being that it was foreign, and the worst
crime of all, dubbed, it was generally ignored or poorly received by
the American film critics. One so called reviewer (I wonder if he
really saw the film) wrote that it was not the worst movie of the year,
but it will do.
Some have suggested that Michael Angelo Antonioni might have seen this film and been influenced by it when he made his critically panned Zabriske's Point. Certainly this film has been influenced by Antonioni.
The film is about a robbery of an armored truck, and the unusual circumstances that complicate matters as three sides collide. However underlying it perhaps is a comment on modern society of the time, and the idea of wanting to reclaim a lost or innocent past of heroism, even if it is criminal. This is brought out in the character of Geno, played by Jean Servais who became better known due to his staring role in the 56 heist film Rififi from the mid 50's, and I think it is no accident that he is in the film, though briefly, as his participation may mean a heroic past, but one that will not work in 1968. Gary Lockwood as Tony, was 31 at the time, while Servias was 58. The film makes references to the past as with movie posters seen on a street that would probably have not been seen on those streets of 68, and one of Tony's friends referring to some of Geno's friends as from a George Raft movie.
There is also an interesting connection made between Geno, and the adversary to Tony, named Skorsky played by Lee J Cobb. One man has lived in the past and will die with it, and the other Skorsky (note they were about the same age)has adapted to this new age, outwardly respectable, but below a criminal. He will want out of his criminal activities, though as one of the mob men points out, it is not easy, and "you have eaten off the table". Tony will refer to both of Geno and Sorsky as ugly, but the meaning is different.
ideas of loyalty are also noted. The older group of Geno's feel a sense of loyalty, no mater how stupid something is. But as it will be shown with Tony's group, loyalty might not mean much, unless you are the older man of that group, who will remain loyal to the end. Some may be turned off by the fact that some of the ones with poor loyalty are shown to be gay, and probably today would not pass muster. But this was 1968, and the portrayal of gays were not always shown in a good light. But it is interesting that Tony is shown to have them as friends, if not loyal ones.
Many have criticized the cast of Lockwood, feeling that he is a weak leading man. I felt this way at the beginning, feeling that Jack Palance would have been better as Tony, and perhaps in relation to Geno more believable. While Palance would have been a more attractive choice, Lockwood is showing the modern man of that time, and I think is the proper choice. As the film gets to its climax, I realized that his casting was correct, and we see that Tony is a man who perhaps has been in great pain and guilt, but until the near end, has been able to hide it from us and his partners, and most certainly Elke Sommer as Ann. Interesting also that Geno had accused Tony of not being interested in money, while Ann a few minutes later in the film will say otherwise.
Elke Sommer has been said by some was only eye candy here in the film. But I think she represents a woman who is looking into the future while Tony may be in the past. Yes she is pretty here, but I think that she brings out the sense of being insecure in her role of a woman in 1968, and her involvement and use by both Tony and Skorsky, who she is having a relationship on the side despite his being married. her character and thoughts brought to my mind the women's liberation movement that was just around the corner.
jack Palance as Russel is great, I like the way Palance uses reading glasses in the film. While he is introduced at one time as James Bond by Skorsky, he is different from conventional Hollywood hero police types. He is not shown with a girl friend or wife, he also doesn't kill anyone, or punch anyone out. I also liked his relationship with the local police chief, the camaraderie they have, and loyalty.
Also the film does not make us hate anyone. We sometimes are made to understand Skorsky, and wish him to be able to be free of the mob. He is also not the most cold blooded character in the film, that person is also against conventions.
With its haunting music, used perfectly throughout the film. There is some lapses of logic, but this lapse helps move the story along. Often wonderful editing is used. If this is not director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi of Spain greatest film, perhaps he needs a long overdue retrospective.
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have not seen this movie in a while; it is rarely shown on television
anymore. On television, the movie was called "They came to Rob Las
The movie is about a gang of thugs who rob an armored car while it is
enroute between Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Nobody has ever successfully
robbed an armored car from this company (Skorskys), so they have the
reputation for being the best in their business. If a robbery attempt
occur, then the Skorsky cars defend itself with a projectile proof metal
shade that drops down over the windshield and side windows; this protects
the driver. The inside of the truck (where the money is kept) houses the
other two security guards, who are protected by many inches of steel from
the outside. In addition, a couple of remote control cameras are mounted
the exterior of the car; these allow the two guards a safe 360 degree view
outside of their fortress. Unlike any closed circuit camera that I have
ever seen before, these cameras also contain a machine gun that can be
operated from inside the car. The idea is that the car can defend itself
until police help arrives. The gang leader "Tony" is portrayed by actor
Gary Lockwood (from 2001 A Space Odyssey). Veteran actor Lee J Cobb
portrays "Mr. Skorsky, who is the CEO of Skorsky armored transport.
Elke Sommer portrays "Ann," who is Skorskys personal secretary and Tony's
lover. Veteran actor Jack Palance portrays "Douglas," who is a federal
agent investigating the robbery. Douglas believes that it was an inside
job, but wrongly suspects that Mr. Skorsky is the insider of the robbery
his own truck.
The story goes as this: Tony gets inside information from Ann about the delivery schedules of the Skorsky cars; this includes the routes, time schedules, and the amount of loot being carried. Tony decides their target will be a car making a delivery route from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The gang then prepares for the calculated robbery, which will take place on a lonely stretch of road out in the desert. The preparation also includes digging a very large hole in the sand. When the ambush takes place, the armored car puts up a heck of a fight, but Tony and his gang are able to disable the cars "machine-gun cameras" and overtake the driver up front. Since getting into the back of the car will take time, the gang slowly drive the truck (containing the other two guards inside of the back of the truck) off the road and into that big hole that they previously dug. The gang camouflages the hole by placing flooring over the top and covering the flooring with desert sand. When law enforcement finally arrives, there is no sign of the armored car or its three occupants. Law enforcement then start a massive search for the armored car, unaware that it is really hidden underground not far from where it was ambushed. Skorsky especially wants to find the car, especially since himself and his companies reputation is at stake. For Tony's gang , it becomes a race-against-time to grab the loot and escape before they are discovered. To say any more would spoil the ending.
The movie was good, but not the best. It is worth seeing at least once. The only thing annoying is that the sound is dubbed in English; the actors moving mouths are not exactly in sync with the audio. The movie is dated 60ish with its hairstyles, clothing and music soundtrack, but that is expected since it came out in the late 60's.
I can remember watching this film when it came out and it has been one of
favourites ever since.
The atmosphere is slow but that is the correct pace as the relationship between Tony and Ann is explored as well as her relationship with Skorsky. Also, the tension between the thieves is very real especially as things don't go exactly to plan. Cooper is an idiot but there is always one in every gang and it sometimes doesn`t show up until they are put into a stress related situation.
There are two plots going through the film. Firstly we have Skorsky (played superbly by Cobb,) moving money for the Mob and wanting out and secondly we have Tony planning to steal one of Skorsky`s trucks. Tony doesn't realise what he is going to find when he finally gets inside the truck. Also, the treasury department are after Skorsky for his financial dealings and we have them just one step behind him all throughout the film.
There are some excellent moments of complete realism, the killing in the casino and the scant regard for life that the gang has as they murder a passer by in the dessert `Just in case'. Tony's instruction to end this unfortunate person's life was simply `Chop him'.
I have just managed to obtain a CD of the music to this film by George Garvarentz via Amazon. I wish the video of the film was available, a widescreen version would be very collectable. Especially if people knew that Gary Lockwood`s (Tony,) previous film had been 2001.
This gets a 4 for some great set decor and Vegas-in-the-60's pastiche.
It's filled with cliché Euro-perceptions about American culture and
organized crime, suffers from ponderous dramatics, over-posed (and
under- talented) character actors, and underdeveloped leads with
phantom motivation. Somehow I get the feeling the director dropped a
couple of pallets of footage on some half-suspecting, chain-smoking
Spanish editor, then got too tied up making a film centered on his new
fascination with forklifts to be available to sort out the mess.
It's the same thing that happens when a European chef tries to make chili or barbecue sauce. It tastes strangely like beef Bourgignon or Bolognese.
After his aging mentor gets killed in a holdup, a youthful criminal
protégé named Tony (Gary Lockwood) and his girlfriend Ann (Elke Sommer)
plot an armored car heist in the desert southwest of Las Vegas. But
things get complicated as Ann works for the armored car owner named
Skorsky (Lee J. Cobb) who has ties to the Mafia. And the Feds are
trying to nail Skorsky. Still, Tony thinks he can pull it off because,
unlike his mentor, Tony has a more modern outlook. When Ann says to
Tony: "Nobody can get into a Skorsky truck", Tony replies: " ... it can
be done, just a question of information, like where's the key ... see,
it's all so simple; information".
The plot starts out okay but bogs down in the middle; the film could probably have been shortened by at least twenty minutes. But I have to say that Tony's solution to hiding the armored car is ingenious; and the film is worth watching if for no other reason.
This is a European production, and it shows. Dialogue is dubbed; some of the actors are Italian or French. And the score sounds like what one would hear in a Spaghetti Western, cold and haunting. But it's the production design and costumes that render this film locked into a cinematic time capsule.
Blonde bimbos wear mini-skirts. Vehicles include Olds Toronados, Pontiac GTOs, Vokswagon bugs, station wagons, and Corvairs. In desert scenes, men use walkie-talkies. And the casting of Elke Sommer adds to the time capsule feel, with her ten-inch long false eyelashes. Computers are big clunky stand-alone machines that use cardboard punch cards and reel-to-reel tapes. And the dialogue doesn't help either; at one point Ann is referred to as a "broad".
Acting is borderline acceptable, except for Elke Sommer, whose robotic movements and emotionless expressions make her seem like some kind of futuristic mannequin. Cinematography is dark, and there are lots of close-up and extreme close-up shots. At one point in the second half there's a physical fight. Because of the photography or maybe because of the Direction, I couldn't tell who was doing what to whom. Rear-screen projection in some scenes also dates the production. And there are a lot of scenes shot along the Sunset Strip in Vegas, which may have been stock footage.
Undeniably different, especially in the way the armored truck is concealed, this gritty film is worth watching once. But the viewer needs to have high tolerance for dated elements, which make the film time-bound, to the point of unintentional humor at times.
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Despite the all-star cast, this is a poorly constructed and rather
We think that Gary Lockwood is money crazy and that's why he plants his girlfriend in the office of Lee J. Cobb, so as to get the necessary information and rob the truck filled with cash.
We see the disaster of a robbery for the thieves at the beginning. Only towards the end do we find out who the slain older man was in relation to Farris. No, it wasn't his father.
For a change, Jack Palance plays an honest person, the man from the insurance company. Give Palance's roles, you expect him to break out any moment and reveal his true nature. Perhaps, that's why I didn't like this film. Both Palance and Lee J. Cobb, the latter the owner of the security firm, are both given very little to do here. Elke Sommer surrendered her good girl often foolish roles to play the girlfriend recruited for the plot.
The picture can become winding as it again proves that there is no honor among thieves.
I have searched high and low for this movie as i had seen it 'way back in 1968 when it first came out. the movie has an intricate plot as both elke sommers and gary lockwood are lovers while the owner of the casino (lee j. cobb) is not aware of this. the revenge factor kicks in as gary lockwood's brother leo,is killed. gary is not after the money he just want to prove that the robbery is possible,as the casino owner always brags that his casino is inmune to robbery.gary plays a cold-blooded killer as an innocent passerby is wasted during the heist as he wants to make sure that no one is a witness to the robbery which was executed by his henchmen.
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