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15 January 1975 (USA) See more »
The Nightmare Was Over... Or Had It Just Begun! See more »
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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Downbeat and Violent Neo-Noir, 11 June 2002
Author: mackjay from Out there in the dark

Downbeat and grim, "The Nickel Ride" concerns itself with a crime boss who is losing his grip. As in "Point Blank", there is some occasional confusion of imagination/dream/reality. The film has a consistent feel of characterizations and dramatic thrust. A good deal of interest is found in the numerous LA locations used by director Robert Mulligan. But there is no attempt made to glamorize the rather chilly world that is so convincingly presented. The movie was filmed in 35mm Panavision and Mulligan utilizes the full capacity of the wide screen. David Grusin's occasionally discordant score is an asset as well

"The Nickel Ride" opened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1974 and was nominated for the Palme d'Or that year. Coppola's "The Conversation" also screened at the festival that year, and Mulligan's film shares with it some neo-noir, Los Angeles existential angst.

The late Jason Miller, who had recently made an impression in "The Exorcist", brings a good deal of conviction to the world-weary lead and he is well supported, particularly by Bo Hopkins, as a grinning, urban cowboy-style hitman. Also on hand is Tuesday Weld-look-alike Linda Haynes.

Recommendable for its sustained, downbeat atmosphere

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