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The Destructors (1974)

The Marseille Contract (original title)
When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

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John Deray
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Steve Ventura
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Jacques Brizard
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Inspector Briac
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Rita
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Lucienne
Catherine Rouvel ...
Brizard's Mistress
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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 is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

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They Live the Sweet Life But They Play a Game of SUDDEN DEATH! See more »


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4 December 1974 (USA)  »

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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

In the office scene when Inspector Briac offers Anthony Quinn's Steve Ventura a bottle of Château d'Yquem - stating he has been given a case of the wine - he opens the box and pulls out a green bottle. Château d'Yquem is a golden-colored Premier Cru Supérieur (Fr: "Superior First Growth") wine from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux and is always in clear bottles to showcase the gold color. Briac was handling a green bottle which would have a red and the label color was even wrong.. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mi adúltero esposo ('In Situ') (1979) 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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