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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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A man for hire. A woman for hire. A love story. Unexpected. See more »

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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 »

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John Cunningham: Murder is obsolete.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 Get back to me when death is obsolete.
John Cunningham: It is obsolete!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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Very special movie
9 August 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This is a very special movie. Lee Remick's performance alone is worth the effort. There is a smart and rather deep undertone to the film. Some people might be put off by the unabashed, intellectual, writerly approach, but if you accept the style and go with the story, it is a great ride. The picture has pretty much vanished, but it's well worth seeking out.


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