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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

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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April in Paris is a time for lovers...but for 'The Destructiors' It's the killing season! See more »


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4 September 1974 (France)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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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Disappointing thriller despite the triple "A" cast.
25 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The plot sounds intriguing and we know Caine can play a hit man, but he lacks any of the bite we saw as Harry Palmer. It was his mega busy period, and this was appears to have been just another gig.

James Mason is underused, having little to do,and Anthony Quinn, despite sharing several scenes with Caine, appears to be in a different film. He looks ill at ease throughout, and a nonsensical plot twist undermines his honest cop routine.

Considering the salary bill for just these three the studio could surely have hired a director who could breath some sort of life into the limp script, hang on, why was it green lighted with that script at all? A waste.


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