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Release Date:
29 May 1972 (Denmark) See more »
Gene Hackman and Kris Kristofferson and Karen Black and Viva and a footrace...a crooked cop...a lot of money and so little time. See more »
A down on his luck former drug dealer is forced by a corrupt LAPD policeman to sell 100 keys of confiscated marijuana in one weekend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jeez, you kids sure need a history lesson See more (17 total) »


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Kris Kristofferson ... Cisco Pike

Karen Black ... Sue

Gene Hackman ... Officer Leo Holland

Harry Dean Stanton ... Jesse Dupre (as H.D. Stanton)

Viva ... Merna
Joy Bang ... Lynn

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Music Store Owner
Chuy Franco ... Mexican Man
Severn Darden ... Lawyer
Herb Weil ... Suspicious Customer

Antonio Fargas ... Buffalo
Doug Sahm ... Rex (as Douglas Sahm)

Howard Hesseman ... Recording Engineer (as Don Sturdy)

Allan Arbus ... Sim Valensi (as Alan Arbus)
Frank Hotchkiss ... Motorcycle Officer
Hugh Romney ... Reed
James Oliver ... Narc
Nawana Davis ... Mouse
Timothy Near ... Waitress
Lorna Thayer ... Swimming Lady
William Traylor ... Jack
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anthony Caso ... Music Store Customer (uncredited)
Martin Fierro ... Saxophone (uncredited)

Frank Millen ... College Student (uncredited)
Frank Morin ... Saxophone (uncredited)
Johnny Perez ... Drums (uncredited)
Jimmy Stallings ... Bass Guitar (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Norton  (as B.L. Norton)
Writing credits
Bill Norton (written by) (as B.L. Norton)

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Gerald Ayres .... producer
Herb Wallerstein .... associate producer (as Herbert Wallerstein)
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
Casting by
Fred Roos 
Jennifer Shull 
Art Direction by
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton  (as Rosanna White)
Makeup Department
Jo Ann Phillips .... hairdresser
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herb Wallerstein .... unit production manager (as Herbert Wallerstein)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheldon Schrager .... assistant director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master (uncredited)
George Luxemberg .... second prop man (uncredited)
Sam Moore .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
Jack Solomon .... sound
Al Yaylian .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Burrell .... best boy (uncredited)
Don Jacobs .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Livesley .... key grip (uncredited)
Harold Rabuse .... best boy (uncredited)
Larry Ricketts .... electrician (uncredited)
John R. Shannon .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bradley B. Six .... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lynne Albright .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Forrest T. Butler .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Ralph James Hall .... music editor (as Ralph Hall)
Bob Johnston .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Danny Hadzick .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Douglas Bleeck .... assistant to producer
Stanley Gray .... assistant to producer
John Hartman .... technical advisor
Jaclyn Hellman .... assistant to director
Velda Reimer .... production secretary
John Dutton .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ron Hall .... craft serviceman (uncredited)
Jerry Ray .... police coordinator (uncredited)

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95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:15 | UK:X (theatrical rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Seymour Cassel was set to star but left shortly before filming began. Kris Kristofferson was a last minute replacement.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Crew and tripod clearly visible in reflection of phone booth 23 minutes into the movie, after he rents the car.See more »
Jesse Dupre:You gettin' any more gigs, man?
Cisco Pike:Yeah. Ed Sullivan wants me.
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MichoacanSee more »


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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Jeez, you kids sure need a history lesson, 5 April 2010
Author: Vance Longwell from United States

I've never seen so many reviews miss the mark so entirely. It's important to understand that this is mainstream money behind a bleeding- edge art-flick of it's day. Kristoferson was reviled by the mainstream. Truly loathed. It's one of the reasons his star never quite took-off. Seriously, having one of his albums back in those days would have had your folks shipping you off to boarding school.

Many are characterizing this as "down-beat", "low-key", one person even said, "humerous melodrama". Wrong. The aloof demeanor of Kristoferson's character is just how Kristoferson was. That lumbering meter was omnipresent in films of the day. He wasn't intoxicated, or leastwise effected by it, that was just what passed for kool in those days kids. Those guys grew up on Gary Cooper and the strong-silent type was the guy every kid emulated. This was disingenuous coming from a long-haired California kid. Part of the reason he was so hated.

The copyright date in the film says 1971. Hackman's character was driving a car depicted as a police cruiser and it was a '70 model. Also, Kristoferson's character rents a car at one point, and it's a '71. So I'm guessing this film is early '72 at the latest and not '79 like the info says.

Anyway. This is an incredibly enjoyable watch. 'Play Misty for me', Clint Eastwood's directorial debut is a better look at the early 70s. That came out in '70 as a matter of fact. To me LA was just a set along with the period in Cisco Pike. Again I think there are way better cultural history tours of the time. This was fantastically directed, and if often poorly lit, was cinematographically quite professional looking. The script is tight with great dialog that dates well but it moves a little fast. They needed about 10 more scenes in the film to flesh it out a little. Probably budget issues.

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