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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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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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Nicely paced 70's crime drama
6 August 2008 | by (canton, ohio) – See all my reviews

Unlike some other reviewers, I found this little known piece to be very entertaining. Yes, Tony Quinn over-emotes on occasion (e.g., poker scene) and his affair with Rita (Alexandra Stewart) goes undeveloped, but the story line itself is well paced, interesting and suspenseful. If you're looking for an esoteric, psychologically penetrating example of the crime drama genre, this film is probably not for you. It is, however, a 90 minute "straight, no chaser" crime caper with the obligatory chase scenes, double-crosses, romantic entanglements, etc. Is it Caine and Mason at their best? No, but they don't need to be to fulfill their contribution, individually and collectively, to the flow of the story line. Also, the not-so-well known French actors (to American audiences) cast in the film were up to the task at hand.

In conclusion, great camera shots of Paris, southern France and Marseille. In no small manner, they augmented the film's overall thrust and added an extra dimension of cinematic flavor.


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