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The Master Touch (1972)

Un uomo da rispettare (original title)
PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | May 1974 (USA)
A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.



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Credited cast:
Steve Wallace
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Detective Hoffman (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Romano Puppo ...
Miller's Lieutenant
Bruno Corazzari ...
John Bartha ...
Murdered Security Guard
Allen Stanley
Vittorio Fanfoni
Luigi Antonio Guerra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert A.E. Böhme ...
Captain Hansmunsen
Peter Kuiper ...
(scenes deleted)


In Hamburg, Germany, convicted burglar and safe cracker Steve Wallace is released from prison.He served two years for a burglary that went wrong.Police inspector Hoffman drives Wallace home and tels him to stay out of trouble. During his heydays Wallace lived in style because the takes were good and he never got caught.This was back when he worked alone, for himself.Since he started working for local crime boss Miller things went wrong.Hence, the two year prison term he just finished.Wallace's girlfriend, Anna, welcomes him home but home nowadays is a modest rented house on the outskirts of the city. Anna wants Steve Wallace to keep his nose clean from now on but Steve hates their modest living conditions.He asks Anna for permission to pull one more job and retire.She doesn't agree but Steve will do it anyway.The ideal opportunity arises when crime boss Miller asks Steve to break into a high security high tech corporate building and steal one million dollars from the safe of an ... Written by nufs68

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To split a car in half... seduce a safe with music... send a city wild !


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May 1974 (USA)  »

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A Man to Respect  »

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During the chase, one of the cars keep changing back and forth from a 1958 Plymouth two door to a 1960 Dodge four door with slightly modified tail fins. See more »


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A good action movie with truly unappealing characters
11 December 2009 | by (Massachusetts USA) – See all my reviews

Good: A superb car chase (worth the price of admission – they don't make them like that any more), some great fights (again, I don't see that kind of action in modern films), a decent heist, and a couple plot twists I didn't expect. Nice control of camera depth of field. This really could have been a great movie.

Bad: The unappealing characters just sucked the joy out of this movie. Nobody's likable. I didn't like Douglas. I didn't like his wife. I didn't like the circus performer. There's nobody to root for. Also, after the final plot twist, you can predict the rest of the movie and by then I just didn't care.

5 stars for the car chase and fights.

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