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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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Storyline

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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Hot rocks... Hot lead! VAN CLEEF is caught in... See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

25 October 1978 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Diamond Thieves  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)
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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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What a mess!
31 August 2006 | by (Portland Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

A pretty good movie could be made from this script, and unfortunately that's the best thing I can say for it. What little there is intact in this print (from the Hollywood Legends 50 movie DVD set) has a sort of appealing 70s funkiness to it like the non-sex scenes from an old porno movie. The conversion from widescreen format and the chopped-up state of the print, however, is more like an old Benny Hill sketch, lacking the vague amusement factor. Many dialogue scenes end up being still shots of a table and lamp with actors' shoulders protruding into the scene from either side. The print seems to have been returned from a foreign land which censors out not only violence but THREATS of violence or the implication that anything vaguely violent may be about to occur. People are standing around talking, and then someone is on the floor bleeding for some reason. The fact that it was directed by the ubiquitous Margheriti comes as no surprise - I have developed a sort of affection for his quick and dirty hacking-out of economical and moderately entertaining movies. In a decent print the story has enough twists, and the actors and crew are workmanlike enough, that it might be a pretty fair experience, but this print is a real head-smacker all the way through, leaving the viewer wondering what just happened over and over again. A mystery in all the wrong ways.


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