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15 January 1975 (USA) See more »
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Small-time criminal Cooper manages several warehouses in Los Angeles that the mob use to stash their stolen goods... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Veteran actor Mark Gordon dies
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Jason Miller ... Cooper

Linda Haynes ... Sarah

Victor French ... Paddie

John Hillerman ... Carl

Bo Hopkins ... Turner
Richard Evans ... Bobby
Bart Burns ... Elias
Lou Frizzell ... Paulie
Mark Gordon ... Tonozzi
Harvey Gold ... Chester

Lee de Broux ... Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nelson Leigh ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Mulligan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Roth 

Produced by
David Foster .... executive producer
Robert Mulligan .... producer
Lawrence Turman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth 
Film Editing by
O. Nicholas Brown 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull  (as Larry Paull)
Set Decoration by
Jack Stevens 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Baur .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... second assistant director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don J. Bassman .... sound re-recording mixer
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound recording mixer
Special Effects by
Henry Millar Jr. .... special effects
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Burton .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Dick Darling .... assistant film editor
Don Zimmerman .... assistant film editor
Other crew
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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99 min
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The Key Man, 31 December 2011
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If anyone thinks the criminal life is any kind of glamorous watching The Nickel Ride will disabuse anyone of such notions. Anyone who particularly wants to enter the life of crime.

Jason Miller stars in The Nickel Ride and he's known as the key man because of the ring of keys that are 24/7 in his possession. The keys unlock several abandoned warehouses that organized crime uses to stash whatever they've stolen in various heists until it can be fenced.

The syndicate is running out of said space and Miller is supposed to close a deal involving a whole block of these warehouses for such purposes. But for whatever reason Miller can't close the deal and his bosses such as John Hillerman are getting impatient.

Probably Miller ought to just retire, but organized crime has only one kind of retirement package and that he doesn't want.

Miller's predicament is something Richard Widmark's in Night And The City. He's not the ego-maniacal hustler that Widmark was in that classic, but he's made too many commitments he can't deliver. One was that a certain fighter he knows throw a bout where syndicate money is riding. Miller doesn't and a good friend of his, the manager of said fighter Lou Frizzel is killed. A harbinger of his own future that Miller doesn't like.

The Nickel Ride is a gritty and realistic film, as downbeat as Night In The City or The Asphalt Jungle, close but not quite in their league. One should also take note of a good performance by Bo Hopkins as the button man imported from Tulsa to do Miller in.

The Nickel Ride for some reason disappeared for years after its initial showing in theaters. Glad to see its finally out on DVD.

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