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The Master Touch (1972)
"Un uomo da rispettare" (original title)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  May 1974 (USA)
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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
Giuliano Gemma ...
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 ...
Paul Muller ...
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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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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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Kirk Douglas out for that one large and final heist
14 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's a 92 minute version on Youtube. I watched the full 107 minute version last night. I just want to note that this is a noir. It's usually lumped in with the poliziotteschi genre, which is all right, but some of those and some of the giallos are noirs.

This one is part Rififi and also reminiscent of Get Carter. There is an elaborate caper carried out by Kirk Douglas and Giuliano Gemma, with Florinda Bolkan being Kirk's woman, also wanted by Gemma. Kirk is obsessed with pulling off a very difficult caper (it's always the last one but never is). He takes on Gemma as his assistant, sort of like Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent in The Mechanic.

The movie has a subplot in which Gemma has crossed paths with a tough guy. This leads to a car chase, and that often happens in poliziotteschis. This one is definitely among the top 5 or 10. It's on Youtube too. There's someone on the web who places it as among the top 15 of all car chases scenes in any movie.

This movie is well above average. It's tight, well-photographed, has a sense of tension and foreboding. It has that terrific car chase plus the heist sequence. Gemma is an excellent actor and plays his part to the hilt too. Of course, Kirk underplays this meaty role terrifically.

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