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Contract hit man Jay Mallory works for an unknown organization. He returns home to his downtown Montréal apartment one winter day to find that his wife, Celandine, is gone. Mallory initially thinks that Celandine has left on her own volition since theirs was a sometimes stormy, albeit passionate, relationship. However, words from Mallory's main point of contact at the organization, Burbank, indicate that Celandine's disappearance may be associated with Mallory's last hit. Shortly after their discussion, Burbank himself disappears. The organization assigns Mallory another job in Suffolk, England. Mallory has a feeling that there is something unusual about this job - he is given little initial information including not knowing who the target is - and that it too is associated with Celandine's disappearance. Despite feeling that he may be being set up, Mallory decides to take the job anyway to see how it plays out and if it leads him back to Celandine. Written by
Average movie about a hit man hired by a mysterious criminal organization
A contracted hit-man (Donald Sutherland) working for a strange organization (his contact is David Warner) discovers a rare link between his new target and his missing spouse (Francine Racette, Sutherland's wife on real life ) while they're living in their Montreal apartment.
This slow-moving film is a boring and confusing story that deals about assassin's preoccupation with the disappearance his wife. The picture is full with continuous flashbacks, suspense and twists and turns. Nice performance by Donald Sutherland as cold and tough assassin . Good supporting actors formed by all star cast as David Warner, John Hurt, Virginia McKenna, Christopher Plummer, and David Hemmings, also producer. This unknown movie was a flop because of flaws, gaps and disjointed scenes. Colorful cinematography by John Alcott , Stanley Kubrick's usual , as cameraman of ¨2001, Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon¨. Sad and melancholic soundtrack with piano music is composed by Robert Farnon. The motion picture is regularly directed by Stuart Cooper with pretentiously arty film-making . He initially directed cinema movies as¨¨ Little Malcom and Overlord¨ but went on making TV movies as ¨The hunted, Fortunate pilgrim, A.D. and Long Hot summer¨ and several others. Rating : Middling and tiring movie .
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