The Domino Killings (1977)
"The Domino Principle" (original title)

R  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  2 June 1977 (Netherlands)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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.


Thriller | Drama


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2 June 1977 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Das Domino Komplott  »

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Third and final star teaming of actors Candice Bergen and Gene Hackman. Their earlier films were Bite the Bullet (1975) and The Hunting Party (1971). See more »


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 »


Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »


Some Day Soon
Lyrics by Harry Shannon
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Sung by Shirley Eikhard
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Not as bad as the rap it's taking here!
11 July 2002 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

OK, so there seem to be a lot of loose ends in this Black-Ops thriller, but hey, that's the way it is in real life...compartmentalized.

The fine cast acquits itself and the production values are good, if one has trouble following the story line, then perhaps fewer trips to the fridge and less yakking during the flick are in order...and frankly it did help to read Kennedy's novel prior to viewing.

It seems that during and shortly after the Watergate Adventures, Hollywood decided to crank out a series of "The-Government-is out-to-get-you flicks, "The Parralex View" and "Executive Action" serve as the best examples, but this one can hold it's own if you put the plot in the proper perspective...hell, even Hackman's character doesn't know all that is going on, so viewers should not feel left in the dark alone.

My main complaint is the lousy wig that Wardrobe forced on Candice...why?

The trick to this one is get your munchies and drinks BEFORE the movie rolls, and just keep repeating to yourself: "Salami, cheese, and pickles in a barrel."

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