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Portrait of a Hitman (1979)

R | | Drama, Action | January 1984 (USA)
A professional hitman is hired to kill a brain surgeon. However, it turns out that not only are he and the surgeon old friends, but they are both in love with the same woman.

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Jim Buck
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Max Andreotti
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Dr. Bob Michaels
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Cathey
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Coco Morrell
Philip Ahn ...
Wong
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Charlie Blue
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George
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Volsted
Ed Ness ...
Captain Ned
Garrison True ...
Joe
Carla Haley ...
Della
Gloria Lynn Dyer ...
Nurse Grogg
Monica Peterson ...
Mrs. Roberts
Robert Starks ...
Louie
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A professional hitman is hired to kill a brain surgeon. However, it turns out that not only are he and the surgeon old friends, but they are both in love with the same woman.

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Trained killer or talented artist... Jimbuck is both!

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Lyrics by Will Jennings
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I was surprised to be honest.
25 January 2006 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I just bought this film on DVD for $5 from a disposal bin. Why? to be honest, I wanted to see if Jack could act.

I found out he can! This film is another in a stream of 1970's examples of a great script and (some) excellent acting ruined by disappointing cinematography.

Very little imagination appears to have been used in the design of shots and locations, which is a odds with the good choice of atmospheric. It's as if a minimalistic lip-service has been paid to realising the vision of the screenplay.

Was this budget related? It was right in the middle of a massive move to TV production by a lot of the big money Hollywood players.

Personally, I'd like to see this film remade with a better crew and budget - the script deserves another chance ... maybe Jack does to!


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