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The Specialist (1975)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  May 1975 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »

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Jerry Bounds
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Pike Smith
Ahna Capri ...
Londa Wyeth
Harvey Jason ...
Hardin Smith
Alvy Moore ...
Bailiff Humbolt
Marlene Schmidt ...
Elizabeth Bounds
Howard Avedis ...
Alec Sharkey (as Russell Schmidt)
Charles Knapp ...
Judge Davis
Chuck Boyd ...
Arthur Farley
Robert Shayne ...
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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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The Specialist
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Lou Rawls
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A fun diversion; but…
22 June 2009 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I watched THE SPECIALIST as part of BCI Eclipse' Drive-in Cult Classics (featuring Crown International Pictures releases) on DVD. As I work my way through the multiple DVD sets, I am growing to like even some of the more melodramatic offerings.

Adam West stars as Jerry Bounds, counsel for the defense, in a case about a water company. Opposing counsel, Pike Smith, whose family built and controlled the town, is determined to have him disbarred before the case can go to trial.

THE SPECIALIST is story of sexual impropriety, courtroom tactics; and, backstabbing politics. Yet it maintains a lively, upbeat tone throughout. Never taking itself seriously, the lurid story unfolds at a steady pace, without being overwrought.

I really enjoyed the funky score, which is "right on" for the times. It really kept the movie moving. Moreover, the Lou Rawls theme song was great.

A surprise treat was the appearance by Alvy Moore, who played Hank Kimball in the Green AcresTV show. As Bailiff Humbolt, he manages to use the same homespun folksiness he did on TV, using terms like "hanky-pank" and "hot-diggity-dog." Even if he tried, he could not appear creepy despite trying to seduce the sultry and enticing Londa Wyeth (played by Ahna Capri).

THE SPECIALIST is a fun diversion; and, an unusual offering from Crown International Pictures; but, I didn't like the ending at all.


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