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Hard Contract (1969)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 15 May 1969 (UK)
A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

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A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

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Love. Murder. Everything they do is 97% control and 3% emotion. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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15 May 1969 (UK)  »

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Antes amar... después matar  »

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This was the only cinema film to be directed by S. Lee Pogostin, a well-known television writer. James Coburn later claimed in interviews that Pogostin was the cause of the film's considerable box-office failure, as he had refused to alter his extremely wordy script and then proved to have little idea of how to direct a film. According to Coburn, the actors more or less directed themselves whilst cameraman Jack Hildyard handled the technical details. See more »

Quotes

John Cunningham: Murder is obsolete.
Ramsey Williams: I'm an old-fashioned man and I prefer an old-fashioned contract. Get back to me when death is obsolete.
John Cunningham: It is obsolete! It's all obsolete! How do you think bitching became so big?
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60's jetsetting contract killer
23 April 2009 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

A paid assassin who only sleeps with prostitutes is sent to Spain to carry out an "assignment" and in the process meets a young woman. He bumps off a few victims but he's such a pro the viewer doesn't see much, if any, violence. This isn't a violent picture, though the ending will have you squirming a little as he drives a car load of people along a windy mountain road, seemingly contemplating whether to kill them all, as they beg him to slow down. James Coburn is excellent in the part, a combination womanizer/contract killer who seemingly doesn't have either the time or inclination to get involved, a classic casually immoral role in which he has an ongoing professional relationship with a prostitute played by Karen Black and later meets another sex professional in Belgium. It's almost too bad that Lee Remick's character interrupts this life of his, but she does bring out a more human and sympathetic side that confounds his supervisor, in a great part for Burgess Meredith.


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