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Harry's married to Marian and things are not going all that well, so he wants out but somehow feels that a divorce is not the answer. After developing a winning blackjack system, he hatches a plan that takes years of preparation: to fake his death, assume a new identity and win $500,000 at blackjack. When his wife notices his peculiar behavior, she is urged by her parents to hire a private investigator to find out what he is doing. In an unusual twist of events, Harry discovers the private investigator and not only hires him to keep tabs on his wife (whom he suspects is having an affair) but they become confidants. Harry carries out his fake suicide successfully and heads for Reno to complete the rest of his plan, but he doesn't count on meeting lovely Amy and falling in love. To further complicate matters, Amy is planning to leave for Israel and Harry decides to go with her, but en route the plane is hijacked and Harry must find a way to conceal both his $500,000 blackjack winnings ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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David Janssen hatches a plan to escape his marriage to Stefanie Powers
19 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Nowhere to Run" is a delightful movie that's hard to classify. To me, it comes closest to being a kind of caper movie, although no crime is really involved. It has a serious side to it throughout, but the music and the impact of Allen Garfield's part and his narration make the tone of the movie lighter.

David Janssen is unhappily married to Stefanie Powers. She's locked into the middle-class life and rather insufferable. She always wants to inflict her parents on Janssen. John Randolph is her father. Shades of his role in "Seconds", here he's a kind of Babbitt bore as is his wife, Neva Patterson. These are not evil or bad people, but Janssen wants a more adventuresome kind of life. Their differences over Kennedy and the assassination symbolize their frictions, with Powers and her parents being unmoved by it and still wrapped up in their own lives.

Janssen has a scheme to make money on the side playing blackjack that will enable him to break free by creating a false identity. There is a major hangup when Powers, thinking he's having an affair, puts a private eye, Allen Garfield, on his trail. Garfield is an amazing actor. I do not know how he does it, but he always adds zest to a movie. He always stands out.

The caper, if I can call it that, is shown to us in full, including its complications, making for an engaging story. Janssen and Garfield complement each other, each having troubles. Garfield is divorced and has gambling debts. Later in the movie, Janssen meets Linda Evans, and is compatible with her much more than with Powers. Janssen also gets into a tense poker game opposite Lance LeGault. He's an austere, severe and threatening presence in many of his roles, like this one.

This is not a "Thomas Crown" affair kind of movie, there being no crime and no woman on Janssen's side, but it has a kind of similarity of the idea of winning and escaping, in this case from a stultifying marriage.

Janssen is simply great, an actor always able to gain our complete sympathy while being believable in any role he played.


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