6.7/10
337
14 user 21 critic

The Nickel Ride (1974)

PG | | Crime, Drama | 15 January 1975 (USA)
Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods. Known as "the key man" for the key chain he always keeps on his person ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Outfit (1973)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young college student is sent to prison as much for killing a pedestrian with his car as for not paying his parking tickets. When the opportunity presents itself he escapes and is ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Michael Sarrazin, Barbara Hershey, Arthur Hill
Bloodbrothers (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young man is torn between following in his brothers' footsteps or striking out on his own.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Paul Sorvino, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Gere
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a deadly virus strikes London, John Custance takes his family to hoped-for safety in Scotland.

Director: Cornel Wilde
Stars: Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sympathetic retired army scout takes-in a white woman and her half-Apache son, not knowing that the boy's father, a murderous renegade Apache, is after them.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Gregory Peck, Eva Marie Saint, Robert Forster
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Documentary film-maker Bob Sanders and his wife Carol attend a group therapy session that serves as the backdrop for the opening scenes of the film. Returning to their Los Angeles home, the... See full summary »

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould
Certificate: Passed Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An embittered, vengeful POW stalks his former commanding officer who betrayed his men's planned escape attempt from a Nazi prison camp.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Robert Ryan, Janet Leigh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The experiences of a young female English teacher in an inner-city New York high school.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Patrick Bedford, Sandy Dennis, Eileen Heckart
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Walter Matthau, Joe Don Baker, Felicia Farr
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A bored insurance salesman quits his job to go into politics. He first starts preaching about how man is greater than he thinks and that man can live forever. He ends up forming his own ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy Carey
Stars: Timothy Carey, Gil Barreto, Betty Rowland
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino
Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Cooper
Linda Haynes ...
Sarah
...
Paddie
...
Carl
...
Turner
Richard Evans ...
Bobby
Bart Burns ...
Elias
Lou Frizzell ...
Paulie
Mark Gordon ...
Tonozzi
Harvey Gold ...
Chester
Lee de Broux ...
Harry
Edit

Storyline

Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods. Known as "the key man" for the key chain he always keeps on his person that can unlock all the warehouses, Cooper is assigned by the local syndicate to negotiate a deal for a new warehouse because the mob has run out of storage space. However, Cooper's superior Carl gets nervous and decides to have cocky cowboy button man Turner keep an eye on Cooper. Written by Woodyanders

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Nightmare Was Over... Or Had It Just Begun! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre clave  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996. See more »

Soundtracks

The Nickel Ride Theme
Written by Dave Grusin and Peggy Lee
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Gritty second-feature at a Drive-Inn
20 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Long ago (in a galaxy far away), I saw this film as a second feature at a Drive Inn (couldn't tell you what the main feature was). We were tired, but we stuck around to see this whole film to the very end. Here I am today, in the midst of watching a film noir of the 50's, still thinking about Nickel Ride. It has a noir feel to it, right down to 'not a happy ending'.

Jason Miller ('Cooper') plays a small-time hood who manages a series of 'empty' warehouses for the 'mob'. He is known as the 'key-man', for the ring of keys (to the warehouses) he totes, and for his ability to make deals on property so that stolen goods can be stored and 'fenced' later. In the neighbourhood, he is friendly and well-regarded as a 'man about town' who looks out for the little guy. After we learn of a crisis in securing new warehouse property, the scene switches, and his associates on the street throw him a party. Now, you have to pay attention.

If you have a clipboard and a pencil, make a mark, once the 'party' begins, every time someone says or does something that shows that Cooper is in trouble. He is losing his 'grip'. Over forty years later, I recall that a small-time hood walks up to Cooper's cake and sticks his finger in the icing, in front of everybody, just to humiliate Cooper. Who would do such a thing, and why? It tells you what Cooper's mob bosses are saying about him, behind his back. Keep making marks - see how many you get before the 'Nickel Ride' is over.

This is a slow unfolding of events, allegorically showing what can happen if you try to hang on too long. As the Eagles say, 'The wolf is always at the door...'


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?