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The Squeeze (1978)

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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
Robert Alda ...
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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The place was New York City. The rip-off was worth six million in diamonds. The double-cross was worth more lives than you can count! See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


R | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 October 1978 (Sweden)  »

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The thug's hand alternates between Jeff's throat and shoulder between shots, right after Jeff is bailed out of jail. See more »

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Will squeeze your patience
16 February 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

After the spaghetti western craze in Italy died out in the mid-1970s, Lee Van Cleef still found himself wanted by Italian filmmakers for several years afterwards, "The Squeeze" being one of his post-westerns. Although Van Cleef was in his 50s when this movie was made, he still had the stuff that made him a star, and he gives a solid performance here. Another good performance in the movie comes from Karen Black, who is pretty convincing as a kind of ditzy neighbor who enters the life of Van Cleef's character. The movie also has better than average production values for an Italian production for the time, with on-location filming in New York City that gives the movie an authentic feeling at times. However, despite all this good stuff, the movie is still somewhat of a struggle to watch. It's very talky, with long stretches with nothing happening. A few more action sequences would have helped considerably. There are a couple of twists in the final few minutes, but it's too little too late. In short, the movie is probably only for die hard fans of Lee Van Cleef during an unusually slow night.

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