Mike Locken is one of the principal members of a group of freelance spies. A significant portion of their work is for the C.I.A. and while on a case for them, one of his friends turns on him and shoots him in the elbow and knee. His assignment, to protect someone, goes down in flames. He is nearly crippled, but with braces is able to again become mobile. For revenge as much as anything else, Mike goes after his ex-friend. Written by
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
They Protect Us from the Enemy. But Who Protects Us from Them?
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was assigned to direct this film by Mike Medavoy
, the head of United Artists at the time. Medavoy believed in Peckinpah's abilities but knew that it was virtually impossible for Peckinpah to get a job with any of the studios, as he had alienated virtually everyone in Hollywood by that time. When this project came along Medavoy knew it was perfect for Peckinpah and gave it to him, but under the conditions that he worked under Medavoy's strict supervision. Peckinpah agreed. See more
One of the characters is shown before, during, and after major orthopedic surgery on his elbow and knee. Following surgery, both the entire arm and entire leg are encased in close-fitting gypsum casts. The intact casts are taken off many days later. Even with today's medicine, this would be impossible: injury and surgery to those joints would cause a great amount of unavoidable swelling that would make close-fitting casts detrimental and torturous. If casts are used today, ordinarily the area around the joint is cut out to accommodate swelling. See more
[examining an ailing plant in Weyburn's office
Talking to them isn't enough. Their longevity lies within the context of your communication.
Oh, I know, I know, I know. I even recite the love sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to the poor thing.
Hmmm. It's probably dying of boredom.
Danny, how are you?
Did you ever consider my dear Cap how much energy you've wasted over your 47 years mustering up that good fellow smile and that insincere handshake?
This film is a work of fiction. There is no company called Communications Integrity NOR ComTeg and the thought the C.I.A. might employ such an organization for any purpose is, of course, preposterous. See more
Featured in The Slanted Screen
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Music by Mabel Wayne (1928)
Sung light-heartedly by James Caan and Robert Duvall See more