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Shatter (1974)

 -  Action | Drama  -  March 1975 (USA)
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Stuart Whitman is Shatter, an international hitman who is hiding out in Hong Kong after he has completed a contract out on an African leader. Shatter soon finds out that everyone wants him ... See full summary »

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Shatter
Lung Ti ...
Tai Pah (as Ti Lung)
Lily Li ...
Mai-Mee
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Paul Rattwood
Anton Diffring ...
Hans Leber
Yemi Ajibade ...
Ansabi M'Goya / Dabula M'Goya
Chia Yung Liu ...
1st Bodyguard (as Lia Ka Yong)
Pei Chi Huang ...
2nd Bodyguard (as Huang Pei Chi)
Ya Ying Liu ...
Leber's Girl (as Liu Ya Ying)
Wai Lo ...
Howe (as Lo Wei)
James Ma ...
Thai Boxer
Han Chiang ...
Korean Boxer (as Chiang Han)
Hsiung Kao ...
Japanese Boxer (as Kao Hsiung)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kwok Kuen Chan
Ming-Wai Chan
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Stuart Whitman is Shatter, an international hitman who is hiding out in Hong Kong after he has completed a contract out on an African leader. Shatter soon finds out that everyone wants him dead, including the crime syndicate, the cops and the brother of the African leader he killed. Shatter teams up with a kung fu expert (Ti Lung) to try to get the money that is owed to him. Various double crosses and fight scenes ensue. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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MR. Shatter isn't crushproof, but cross him and he'll put you in a box!

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A story about assassinations, martial arts and deception SHOULD be a lot more interesting.
22 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with a rather nifty assassination by a top hired killer (Stuart Whitman). However, when he goes to collect his fee for this job, he's repeatedly attacked and learns that he supposedly bungled the job. However, it's very obvious there's a lot more to this and he's just a pawn--but can he discover the truth or will one of many, many hired goons put an end to his career...and life?!

While all this sounds very exciting and the film is set in Hong Kong with lots of martial arts action, it isn't particularly compelling. Too often the film just seems to meander and plot holes are filled in by lengthy expositions (a sloppy story telling technique). But the biggest problem for me is that Whitman just didn't make that interesting a character and he didn't seem very believable. Not a terrible film but certainly not a very good one--proving that Hammer Studios might have been much better off sticking with horror films and not venturing into this sort of genre. A time-passer at best.


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