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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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The amount of the ransom money was £1 million sterling pounds. See more »

Quotes

Jim Naboth: Would you mind if I sit down Vic?
Vic: Oh I don't know, you wiped your arse lately?
Taff: I wouldn't have thought so, not by the state of his underpants!
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YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW
Performed by The Stylistics
Music and lyrics by Thom Bell and Linda Creed
Courtesy of H&L Records
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Hard hitting British gangster film
14 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a minor lost classic of a British gangster film done in the same vein as The Sweeney, Get Carter and The Long Good Friday. It proves that it doesn't have to be American to be authentic and realistic. In fact it's the film's gritty locations which add weight to the storyline. Former Detective Inspector Naboth, now a struggling private eye who live s in the bottle is called upon when his ex-wife is kidnapped. Stacey Keach is Jim Naboth who is called upon by ex-wifes new lover Edward Fox who is blackmailed into taking part in a bank heist. Look out for the scene when Stacey Keach is wearing nothing but a shoe to cover up his manhood after being forced to hand over all his clothes to villain boss "Irish Jack" who is a sadistic thug, except when it comes to his own daughter whom he dotes upon. Another controversial scene is when Jill(Carol White) who is the ex wife of Stacey Keach is forced to do a strip in front of the gangsters who are holding her captive. She is even made to choose what music she wants to strip to for their entertainment.

Freddie Starr is excellent as "Teddy" who is a wet nurse to Stacey Keach and does his best to keep him away from the bottle and seedy pubs. The 1970's feel to this film reaches a dramatic climax towards the end when the robbery actually takes place and theres a few twists and turns in store.


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