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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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Steve Wallace
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Marco
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Anna
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Miller
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Detective Hoffman (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Romano Puppo ...
Miller's Lieutenant
Bruno Corazzari ...
Eric
John Bartha ...
Murdered Security Guard
Allen Stanley
Vittorio Fanfoni
Luigi Antonio Guerra
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Captain Hansmunsen
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Gustav
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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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Surprisingly, great movie.
4 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It surprises me that for my 1st review, I would be moved to write a piece on this movie. I bought it for $1.99 at the local DVD store just because of the cover featuring Kirk Douglas as the star. What moved him to do this movie at this stage of his career would be interesting to know. In any event, I really enjoyed this movie a great deal. It had a car chase that rivals two of my favorites of all time in Bullit and the French Connection. It had the most realistic fight scenes I can remember seeing. The heist was elaborately thought out befitting the USA title of The Master Touch. It had a great twist at the end. A very good musical score composed by one of my favorites of all time by Ennino Moricone. Finally, It even had what I felt was a moral message to pass on at the end. Unfortunately, it also had a couple of big negatives that would perhaps bother a number of viewers. The quality of the DVD transfer is poor. Also, except for Kirk, the performer's lines are dubbed in English.

All in all however, I enjoyed this movie tremendously and feel like I uncovered an unknown gem which for movie lovers provides a great satisfaction in itself.


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