Charm, intelligence and success in criminal career doesn't prevent Paris Pitman Jr. to start doing ten years in prison, in the middle of the Arizona desert. However, those years should pass quickly because of a $500,000 loot previously stashed away. New idealistic warden would only make Pitman think of getting his fortune even sooner. He starts to manipulate everyone to achieve his goal. Written by
Dragan Antulov <email@example.com>
Once upon a time, there was a crooked man. When he was good, he was very, very good. And when he was bad, it was murder...
Did You Know?
Warner Brothers' front office was very worried about this film. It was shot over a five-month period in the first half of 1969, but it was well over a year before it was given any commercial showings. Like Joseph L. Mankiewicz
's previous film, The Honey Pot
(1967), it opened in Britain some two months before the US, in late 1970. According to Mankiewicz's biographer, Kenneth Geist, his preferred version of the film ran to 165 minutes; however, Warners objected to this and re-cut the film, to his great irritation, to a more manageable 126 minutes. One notable casualty of this re-cutting was the prominently-billed Lee Grant
, a very well-known actress at the time, whose appearance is now barely a couple of minutes in length. See more
The angel that Whinner draws on the wall of their cell looks slightly different at the end of the scene than the beginning. See more
[as Paris is leaving the room
Why do you work at it so hard proving to yourself you're a sonuvabitch?
Paris Pittman Jr.
[Stopping and turning
Because I am. It's my profession , and I'm on top.
Referenced in Continental Divide
There Was A Crooked Man...
By Charles Strouse
and Lee Adams
Sung by Trini López See more