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The Specialist (1975)

R | | Thriller | May 1975 (USA)
Adam West stars in The Specialist as Jerry Bounds, an upright crusader standing up against the water company's efforts to exploit a local lake. John Anderson plays his opponent, Pike Smith,... See full summary »

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Jerry Bounds
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Pike Smith
Ahna Capri ...
Londa Wyeth
Harvey Jason ...
Hardin Smith
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Bailiff Humbolt
Marlene Schmidt ...
Elizabeth Bounds
Howard Avedis ...
Alec Sharkey (as Russell Schmidt)
Charles Knapp ...
Judge Davis
Chuck Boyd ...
Arthur Farley
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Chairman Hopkins
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Nude Model
Jacqueline Jacobs ...
Bar Hearing Reporter
Alec Jason ...
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Adam West stars in The Specialist as Jerry Bounds, an upright crusader standing up against the water company's efforts to exploit a local lake. John Anderson plays his opponent, Pike Smith, who at the start of the film smashes the glass out of a door at Bounds' law firm, to prove that "Nobody crosses Pike Smith and profits by it!" Written by ShadowMan

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When You Carry Weapons Like Hers, You're Never Out Of Work! See more »

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Referenced in Nun of That (2008) See more »

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The Specialist
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Lou Rawls
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Under-par and unfocused Crown International release
23 December 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

The Specialist is another release from B-movie producers Crown International Pictures. It's about the unethical relationship a lawyer develops with a female juror assigned to a case he is working on. Unbeknownst to him, she is a plant who has been hired to have an affair with him under the instructions of the opposing lawyer in the case. She is the specialist of the title, a professional seductress / femme fatale.

This one features Adam West, the TV Batman, in the central role. It's a film with considerably more promise than delivery. As while the basic set-up is quite good, the execution is very underwhelming. It's sort of part courtroom drama, part thriller and part comedy, without ever really focusing on any particular genre enough to do it justice. It's probably a bit too talky for its own good too and, overall, it doesn't ultimately deliver very much. It does however have an unexpectedly decent funky soundtrack which wouldn't have sounded out of place in a Blaxploitation flick and it also features an unexpectedly nihilistic ending which some people seem to hate but which I though was the best, and most distinctive, individual aspect pertaining to the movie overall.


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