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Director:
Writer:
Robert Dillon (written by)
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Release Date:
23 September 1974 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everyone is dying to meet Harry Crown.
Plot:
Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry's new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank's enemy, Big Eddie. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Sociological Gangster satire for the pop-art age. See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Harris ... Harry Crown

Edmond O'Brien ... Uncle Frank

Bradford Dillman ... Big Eddie

Ann Turkel ... Buffy
Constance Ford ... Dolly
Zooey Hall ... Tony (as David Hall)

Kathrine Baumann ... Baby
Janice Heiden ... Clara (as Janis Heiden)
Max Kleven ... North
Karl Lukas ... Guard

Tony Brubaker ... Burt (as Anthony Brubaker)
Jerry Summers ... Shoes

Roy Jenson ... Jake
Bennie E. Dobbins ... Driver (as Bernie Dobbins)
Chuck Roberson ... Gunman

Chuck Connors ... Claw Zuckerman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Anfinsen ... Dakota (uncredited)
William Hansen ... Joe - Kelly's Accountant (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Robert Dillon (written by)

Produced by
Mickey Borofsky .... associate producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Casting by
Jack Baur 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Ron Talsky 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Austin .... hair stylist
Ken Chase .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mel Dellar .... unit production manager (as Melvin D. Dellar)
Jere Henshaw .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director
Lorin Bennett Salob .... second assistant director (as Lorin B. Salob)
 
Art Department
Alan Levine .... property master
Hendrik Wynands .... construction coordinator (as Hendrik G. Wynands)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound mixer (as Glenn Anderson)
Don Hall .... sound editor
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Edward Rossi .... sound editor
Theodore Soderberg .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard Sr.)
 
Stunts
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Erik Cord .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Dimitri .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Fritz Ford .... stunt double (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Lerner .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Verbois .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lamar Boren .... underwater photographer
Orlando .... still photographer
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Lance Williams .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... costumer: men
Colleen Rose .... costumer: women
 
Editorial Department
William DeNicholas .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
James E. Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty Gumm .... assistant to the producer
J. Darla Lamonica .... production secretary (as Darla LaMonica)
Phill Norman .... titles
Paul Stader .... underwater director
Bruce Pittman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
98 min | 94 min (FMC Library Print)
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Language:
Color:
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-18 | Finland:(Banned) (1974) | Norway:(Banned) (1974-2003) (cinema release) | Sweden:15 | USA:PG

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Trivia:
The nick-name of Marvin Zuckerman (Chuck Connors) was "Claw".See more »
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Soundtrack:
Easy, BabySee more »

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13 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Sociological Gangster satire for the pop-art age., 25 November 1998
Author: grift from Adelaide, Australia

Robert Dillon's script was considered by producer Joe Wizan to be a black comedy along the lines of Dillon's earlier one for "Prime Cut" (1972: d. Michael Ritchie). Director Frankenheimer, on returning to the USA after much time in France, was faced with a situation wherein years of bad reviews of his films were taking their toll. He accepted this project, and wanted Robert Mitchum for the main role, but the producers wanted Richard Harris, fresh from the hit film "A Man Called Horse".

Critically however, the released film was felt to be a total fiasco, many reviewers holding that it represented the director's career at rock bottom. The film's dark, bleak humour and use of caricature were considered testimony to a certain sadism on Frankenheimer's part, and evidence of his growing contempt. In later years, even the great director plays down this most unusual gangster satire.

It concerns a hitman trapped between rival gangs, and takes place in a vaguely futuristic city, which seems spatially to constantly re-define itself. It is filmed obliquely, so one is never on sure footing as to how to react. What is most interesting about this peculiarity, are the number of bizarre, surrealistic pop-culture set-pieces in a world of futile violence and rampant egos. Only despair and nihilism at the absurdity of it all enables the characters to hold on to whatever shreds of honour they can maintain although they all succumb to personal pride at the expense of everything else.

Frankenheimer directs with a stylistic over-kill at times which sits uneasily with a certain lethargic quality, although it probably guarantees the film a cult audience in the future. Perhaps the film is best seen as a failed, but intriguing attempt to reconcile the director's frequent recourse to stylization with genre-based social satire. Still, the film seems uncertain of its aims, and tends to flounder in its often considerable visual panache. The remarkable opening sequence however, is amongst the oddest ever put to film, and typifies the film's sense of comic despair. A curio.

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