A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist.

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Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
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Clarisse Saunders
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Jeff Olafsen
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Sam
Robert Alda ...
Captain Donati
Angelo Infanti ...
Inspector
Antonella Murgia ...
Jessica
Peter Carsten ...
Van Stratten
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Hans (as Rudolf van Husen)
Dyane Silverstein ...
Cashier
Steven Burch ...
Fred (as Steve Burche)
Ron Van Clief ...
Duke
Bob Hevelone ...
Lieutenant (as Bob Avalone)
Roy Brocksmith ...
Warehouse Owner
Ewald G. Spader ...
Electrician
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Lee Van Cleef is a safe cracker coming out of retirement to pull off one last caper. The Germans behind the theft are planning to steal $1,000,000. But unbeknownst to the safe cracker, they are planning to kill him afterward. When he learns of their intent, he begins plotting his revenge. Written by Yocke

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3 August 1978 (Netherlands)  »

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Diamond Thieves  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Thoroughly enjoyable cheese
8 September 2003 | by (Phoenix, Arizona, USA) – See all my reviews

...there's quite a bit to dislike in THE RIP-OFF (as the Goodtimes Home Video VHS release tagged this movie): Karen Black overacts hysterically (as do several of the dubbed German supporting players), Edward Albert looks like he was on a margarine diet during shooting, and whoever mixed the substandard musical score into the soundtrack should have been executed. But Lee Van Cleef, Lionel Stander and Robert Alda all perform well above the call of this duty; the dialogue is frequently witty, highlighting a generally intriguing premise (Van Cleef is lured back from pseudonymous exile as a Mexican rancher to perform one last safecracking job in order to keep New York gangsters from killing Albert); and the cheap 16mm location cinematography of New York in early January is oddly compelling. As things go for what's usually termed "European Trash Cinema," this is a nice little curd of cheese worthy of dropping five bucks on at better Wal-Marts everywhere...


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