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"The Marseille Contract" (original title)

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When a US intelligence agent (Anthony Quinn) is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron (James Mason) to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Deray
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Steve Ventura
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Jacques Brizard
Maurice Ronet ...
Inspector Briac
Alexandra Stewart ...
Rita
Maureen Kerwin ...
Lucienne
Catherine Rouvel ...
Brizard's Mistress
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
Calmet
Patrick Floersheim ...
Kovakian
André Oumansky ...
Marsac (as Andre Oumansky)
Georges Beller ...
Minierini
Jean-Louis Fortuit ...
Fortuit
Jerry Brouer ...
Kurt
Georges Lycan ...
Henri
Pierre Koulak ...
Wilson
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When a US intelligence agent (Anthony Quinn) is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron (James Mason) to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with (Michael Caine) turns out to be an old friend. Written by Lee Kelly <lee@leenet.demon.co.uk>

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4 September 1974 (France)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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This film was released as "The Destructors" and is listed as such in "The Films of Anthony Quinn" written by Alvin Marill. See more »

Goofs

When Anthony Quinn is sitting at the desk in Briac's office talking about getting a hit man, a cigarette in his left hand appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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Referenced in GoldenEye (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round Midnight
Music by Thelonious Monk & Cootie Williams
Words by Bernard Hanighen (as Bernie Hanighen)
Performed by The Fellings Quartet
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Fine cast, nice settings, but lousy plot (and sound editing)
15 May 2011 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

My main reason for tracking this poorly rated 70s flick was Roy Budd's score. Unfortunately there is almost nothing from his beautiful work in the final soundtrack, so don't lose time with this very bad movie, get Budd's score instead! Or if you're looking for a better euro gritty 70s crime movie starring Michael Caine and making good use of a Budd score, try The Black Windmill.

Mostly The Marseille Contract suffers from a story that succeeds in being both pedestrian and erratic. (Routine) Action happens and just doesn't add up. Michael Caine is barely guest-starring, getting his buoyant gig while Anthony Quinn's main/gloomy story is suddenly demoted to the background. James Mason simply says his uninteresting lines as requested, and the girls are great.

Too bad Roy Budd didn't get to unleash his talent for excellent movies. For me Get Carter is just OK-cool thanks to Budd + Caine, but they are both underused in The Marseille Contract.

François de Roubaix also wrote magnificent scores for lame movies but you can watch them just to enjoy the music in context; and often his scores inflated movies above their mediocre boilerplate qualities. And he also scored fine movies, even during the seventies.


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