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John G. Avildsen
George C. Scott,
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Things start to go wrong for a group of criminals after they kidnap a young heiress and hold her for ransom at a beach house in France. Fighting among the co-conspirators boils over shortly after the ransom is picked up, leading to a violent end for most. Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
Like two other European-made Universal films of the same period ("Secret Ceremony" and "Three Into Two Won't Go"), this film was subjected to severe alteration when it was shown on American TV a year or two after its cinema release. A great deal of violence was truncated or cut altogether, whilst footage showing Rita Moreno's character taking drugs was re-edited, with new shots inserted to suggest instead that she was a heavy drinker rather than a drug addict. To pad the film out to fit a prearranged TV time-slot, several scenes were added to show police identifying and then closing in on the criminal central characters. These scenes featured American actors playing French characters and were filmed in Hollywood months after the film's release by a different director and crew, with none of the original actors appearing. These new American actors made little effort to disguise their accents and thus contrasted badly with the French actors in the original film footage, just as the all-location shooting in France for the proper film contrasted with the obvious studio sets on which the new scenes were filmed. This unacknowledged altered version caused a storm of protest when it was shown, but it also turned up on British TV once. Happily, it now seems to have been withdrawn from circulation and the DVD of the film contains only the proper original footage. See more »
I don't want you to hurt the girl; I don't want you to touch her. If I come back and I find out that she's not all right, I'm gonna take that burp gun and I'm gonna jam it up your nose... and I'm gonna pull the trigger 'til it doesn't work any more.
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Although the acting is by all means above average, this movie suffers from lack of tension and suspense.The characters' actions are sometimes incomprehensible and the ending is too disappointing. Was this kind of ending supposed to be a novelty back in 1969? I don't think so.... Anyway, the Night of the following day is no garbage but it's no good either.
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