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The Squeeze (1977)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 March 1977 (UK)
A gang kidnaps a women and her daughter to extort money from her rich husband. He and her down on his luck ex-husband who's an ex cop, decide to try to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

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Jim Naboth
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Keith
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Foreman
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Vic
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Jill
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Teddy
Hilary Gasson ...
Barbara
Rod Beacham ...
Doctor Jenkins
Stewart Harwood ...
Des
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Taff
Roy Marsden ...
Barry
Leon Greene ...
Commissionaire
Maureen Sweeney ...
Sauna Receptionist
Lucinda Duckett ...
Sharon
Alison Portes ...
Christine
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This Michael Apted-directed crime melodrama features Stacy Keach as Jim Naboth, a Scotland Yard cop on the skids, suffering from depression and alcoholism. He is summoned by Foreman (Edward Fox), a British security expert whose wife Jill (Carol White) and daughter are being held hostages by kidnappers until Foreman pays the crooks a million-dollar-plus ransom. Jim has to marshal his forces and regain his clarity to save Foreman's family. The pressure is even more intense for Jim, since Foreman's wife, Jill also happens to be his former spouse. Written by lament

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Abominável Extorsão  »

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This British gangland movie has often been compared by writers and the public with such other 1970s British gangster classics as Get Carter (1971) and The Long Good Friday (1980). See more »

Quotes

Jim Naboth: It's brandy. It's medicinal.
Teddy: Bollocks!
Jim Naboth: Teddy, I'm a Scotch drinker - you know that. I just have the occasional brandy when I'm not drinking.
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COTTON MOUTH
Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Music by Jim Seals (as James Seals) and Dash Crofts
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Hard-boiled crime thriller in best British tradition
19 April 2000 | by (Dorset, England) – See all my reviews

Gritty, fast-paced British crime thriller typical of the genre-eg "Get Carter"; "The Long Good Friday", and although falls somewhat short of these classics, nevertheless delivers the requisite punch. Interestingly cast, with Stacy Keach on good form as the alcoholic ex-cop investigating the kidnap of his daughter; David Hemmings in smooth bad-guy mode, Edward Fox as the wealthy step-father,and Stephen Boyd, in his final film role delivering a menacing portrayal as master-villain Vic Smith. Shot in and around London, many of the scenes and settings will be familiar to British viewers of the 1970's TV hit "The Sweeney" with similar allusions to a less-than-perfect central character struggling with the violent London underworld. Massively under-rated at time of release; certainly a must for all fans of this peculiarly British genre.


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