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The Day of the Wolves (1971)

G  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  1971 (USA)
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Gang tries to take over small town to rob its banks.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Egan ...
Pete Anderson
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Maggie Anderson
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No. 4
Jan Murray ...
No. 1
Frankie Randall ...
No. 2
Andre Marquis ...
No. 3
Henry Capps ...
No. 6
Smokey Roberds ...
No. 7
Zaldy Zshornack ...
No. 5 (as Zaldy Zshornak)
John Lupton ...
Hank
Sean McClory ...
The Sheriff
Jack Bailey ...
The Mayor
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The Inspector (as Biff Elliott)
Percy Helton ...
The Farmer
Herb Vigran ...
The Realtor
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Gang tries to take over small town to rob its banks.

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Seven strangers isolate a small town from the outside world - and sack it! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

7 djävulska män  »

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$187,000 (estimated)
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The apartment in Malibu that Smokey Roberds robs in the beginning of the movie actually belonged to director Ferde Grofé Jr. See more »

Quotes

No. 4: My name is Arnold - Mike Arnold. But last week I was known by the number 4. None of us had names, just numbers.
The Inspector: Who is the leader?
No. 4: [incredulously] He was number 1.
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Heist Commandos
24 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's sad that The Day Of The Wolves was not done by a major studio with some decent scripting and editing as part of the package. Had it been the film could have been a classic. It had the makings.

It's a combination of High Noon and the Phil Karlson noir classic Kansas City Confidential. Richard Egan as the local chief of police busts one of the kids of a city councilman and for his pains loses his job. He takes it philosophically.

At the same time Jan Murray as Preston Foster did in Kansas City Confidential recruits six professional criminals all unknown to each other and all use numbers when addressing each other and him. They also wear gloves at all times so no fingerprints can be detected.

Murray has an audacious military style operation planned to hit several locations in a small town on a pay day at the main employer which is a lumberyard. These heist commandos are trained down to perfection.

But when the operation goes down it's the former sheriff Egan who springs into action, purely from reflex. What happens after that is for you to see. Martha Hyer plays Mrs. Egan and she reacts the same way to his involvement the same way Grace Kelly did.

Shot completely on location in Arizona, The Day Of The Wolves shows many cheap touches, obviously because the film didn't have the budget. One thing that was terribly wrong. Egan has only a shotgun when he deals with the seven criminal commandos. No way in the world he was able to do what he did with only a shotgun which could not have been fired for distance the way it was. Maybe a bigger studio's writing and editing staff would have realized that.

Still it's not a bad TV film and it really could have been a lot better.


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