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The Squeeze (1977)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 March 1977 (UK)
A dangerous, violent gang kidnaps a woman and her daughter to extort some money from her rich husband. He and her down-on-his-luck ex-cop ex-husband decide 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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Crime | Drama

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Abominável Extorsão  »

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Trivia

The film was made and released about three years afters its source novel "Whose Little Girl Are You?", written by James Tucker under the pseudonym of David Craig, had been first published in 1974. See more »

Goofs

Green Mini seen parked in the robbery zone mysteriously vanishes after the motorcycle cop is shot before the robbers getaway with their loot. See more »

Quotes

Black Masseuse: We do some lovely things here.
Jim Naboth: Really? Like what?
Black Masseuse: VIP. Topless. "Special Relief".
Jim Naboth: "Special Relief" - now that sounds interesting. How much?
Black Masseuse: To you, darling, six quid.
Jim Naboth: Six quid? Cheaper to do it myself!
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Soundtracks

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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Squeeze The Juice out of this.
7 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a cracker of a movie. There are good performances all round, and some stylish direction from former documentary film-maker Michael Apted. Watch out for some shaky camera work in some scenes. He later on gave us Gorillas in the Mist, among many others. The main surprise in this, is how great Freddie Starr performs in his only film role. And it was certainly an inspired piece of casting-whoever is responsible, I take my hat off to you. Though it looks low budget, there are quite a few top weight actors in it, even by 1970s standards such as Edward Fox, and the late David Hemmings. Sheila White, the poor cow of the '60s does a fine job as the kidnapped wife of Fox's character.

It's not hard to see why Stacy Keach is so good as a man fighting substance abuse. He later on had his own troubles when he was caught entering the UK with drugs in 1984. Some years before, he portrayed a low grade boxer in Fat City with a young Jeff Bridges.

This was made in the '70s, it's quite violent and rough around the edges. You have been warned. Enjoy it anyway.


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