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Clay Pigeon (1971)

R | | Action, Drama | August 1971 (USA)
An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

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Joe Ryan
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Neilson
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Police Captain
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Freedom Lovelace
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Simon
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Clinic Doctor
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Angeline
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Saddle
Belinda Palmer ...
Tracy
Mario Alcalde ...
Jason
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Government Agent
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An ex-soldier is recruited by the FBI to go undercover in L.A. and find other ex-soldiers who are part of a drug-dealing gang.

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Joe Ryan had but one life to give for his country. The CIA asked him for it twice.

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Trip to Kill  »

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The film's premiere in Boston benefited Project Turnabout, a drug rehab program in Hull, Mass. See more »

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Redford: Quite by accident we stumbled upon a ding-a-ling with a great deal of ability.
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References The Cross and the Switchblade (1970) See more »

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Ain't Gwine Whistle Dixie (Anymo')
Words and Music by Taj Mahal
courtesy Columbia Records
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Complete Misfire Despite Talented Cast
8 September 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Low-budget thriller features Tom Stern as Vietnam war hero, of late a hippy in L.A. He's set up as the bait by cop Telly Savalas to lure drug lord Robert Vaughn into a trap. Amateurishly directed, despite a talented cast- including Burgess Meredith, John Marley, Ivan Dixon and a (wisely)unbilled Peter Lawford. Director Stern manages to make all of these thespians appear at their worst. The script features endless "hip" dialogue that has dated badly and the production values have all the merit of a porno film. Only the finale staged in the Hollywood Bowl has even a modicum of style and suspense. Vaughn, whose character inexplicably wears a variety of goofy hats, was allegedly paid the (then) sizable sum of $500,000 for his role. This probably exhausted the remaining production budget. There are endless, poorly edited sequences involving dune buggy chases, though the audience might be stirred from their slumber by the frequent nudity. Not out on video in the U.S, but available in the U.K. as "Trip to Kill"


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