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The Domino Principle (1977)

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

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Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was his skill with a rifle. Now, serving a long stretch in prison for murder, he has hit rock-bottom. But one day a man in a three-piece suit visits him in prison, a man he has never seen before, and informs him that he can walk out of prison a free man if he will shoot someone for them, no questions asked. Written by Strelnikoff

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Trust no one. No one.

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Thriller | Drama

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25 December 1977 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Das Domino Komplott  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

After shooting at San Quentin State Prison, actor Mickey Rooney was presented with a plaque from the inmates with an engraved inscription thanking Rooney "for being such a nice human being". See more »

Goofs

The bread truck carrying Tucker and Spiventa is shown driving across the Golden Gate Bridge in the southbound direction from Marin County to San Francisco. The very next scene, however, in which the prisoners are escorted out of the truck, clearly takes place under the roadway back on the Marin side of the bridge. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

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Some Day Soon
Lyrics by Harry Shannon
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Sung by Shirley Eikhard
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Richard Widmark springs Gene Hackman for an assassination purpose
27 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This neo-noir doesn't appear in John Grant's tome, although it's along lines parallel to "The Parallax View" (1973), which is more popular among list-makers. This is a 70s noir, a category that stands apart in my mind, if no one else's. The 70s noirs are in color for the most part. They don't generally consciously look back to earlier noirs as do some neo-noirs. Conspiracies and political matters sometimes are the themes.

I've always liked this movie, if only for the performances of Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark and Edward Albert (the son). Eli Wallach and Mickey Rooney appear in smaller parts. Hackman is in top form as a convict sprung from prison by a shadowy agency. He's a manipulated pawn in an assassination plot. There are scenes in which Hackman's eyes convey his feelings perfectly in great acting. Widmark does a huge amount with his part.

They didn't need to rename this. The original title was just fine.


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