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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.

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Das Domino Komplott  »

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Cinematographer Fred J. Koenekamp was injured during in a vehicle accident during filming where a truck went around a bend heading straight for Candice Bergen, its door flying open, hitting the DOP and the low camera he was looking into. The rubber edges of the cam's viewfinder fortunately cushioned the blow on the eyes. Koenkamp had concussion and required six stitches and could not complete working on the picture, he being replaced by veteran lenser Ernest Laszlo. See more »

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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 Nocturna (1979) See more »

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No Puedo Olvidar
Lyrics by Orlando Peres
Music by Billy Goldenberg
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Could have been worse, but not very good
3 November 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"The Domino Principle" has all but been forgotten today. Seeing it, it becomes clear why it hasn't become a cult movie to any degree. I will admit that it's not a terrible movie; in fact, it has some positive attributes. Gene Hackman is, as usual, solid. And Candice Bergen, who has been criticized many times for her bad performances in this time of her life, actually gives a decent performance. The movie also starts off fairly well, with quite a bit of mystery that slowly unpeels. But the movie ultimately unfolds TOO slowly. It takes forever for Hackman to get out of prison, and takes much longer for Hackman to understand what the mysterious organization wants from him. And we never really learn who the target is, and why he is targeted! I never would have guessed a famous filmmaker like Stanley Kramer was behind this movie, not just for its unusually slow pace but also for the fact that aside from some bad language and some violence, the movie feels exactly like a made-for-TV effort.


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