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


(as Anthony M. Dawson)


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Complete credited cast:
Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
Clarisse Saunders
Jeff Olafsen
Captain Donati
Angelo Infanti ...
Antonella Murgia ...
Peter Carsten ...
Van Stratten
Hans (as Rudolf van Husen)
Dyane Silverstein ...
Steven Burch ...
Fred (as Steve Burche)
Ron Van Clief ...
Bob Hevelone ...
Lieutenant (as Bob Avalone)
Roy Brocksmith ...
Warehouse Owner
Ewald G. Spader ...


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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Release Date:

3 August 1978 (Netherlands)  »

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Diamond Thieves  »

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When good times go bad
15 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Highly entertaining Antonio Margheriti heist film stars Lee Van Cleef as the self-assured former safe-cracker lured into one last job for the sake of the son (Albert) of a former close associate. Only problem is Albert is apparently in over his head and various sinister interests are pitted against one another as the heist goes fatally awry.

Bares more than a little resemblance to "The Mechanic" in many respects, but that's not to say it doesn't hold up in its own right with a few neat plot twists and turns to keep you guessing. Van Cleef is well supported by Albert as the young buck with a plan to steal millions in diamonds from flamboyant crook Roy Brocksmith (in his film debut), while the 'black fist of fury' Ron Van Clief has a prominent supporting role as one of Brocksmith's goons, showcasing his karate talents in one memorable fight scene.

Karen Black's role conveys more depth than it appears, and its really her presence that suggests this crime-caper is better than the average tripe. Her role brings an entirely different dimension to the picture, and more importantly, adds a very satisfying and memorable plot twist to savour. Great cast, plenty of violence and explosions typical of a Margheriti picture, shouldn't be easily dismissed.

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