Harry breaks down and loses his job after his wife is assassinated - could it be his turn next ?

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When his wife is killed in a restaurant shoot-out, intelligence man Harry Hannan (Roy Scheider) has a breakdown and finds that his department doesn't want him back. Someone's trying to kill him and it could be them, though a cryptic Jewish death-threat suggests there's something else going on. His only ally seems to be mousy Ellie Fabian (Janet Margolin) who has managed to move into his New York apartment. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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It begins with an ancient warning. It ends at the edge of Niagara Falls. In between there are 5 murders. Solve the mystery. Or die trying. See more »


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4 May 1979 (USA)  »

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The movie's MacGuffin was a mysterious anonymous letter written in Hebrew and known as a "goel hadam" note. "Goel Hadam" is a Hebrew/Jewish phrase which translates into the English language as an "Avenger of Blood". See more »

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In the scene in the synagogue, Harry appears to be going through a register book when he finds his grandfather's name. Actually, he's reading a tractate of the Talmud, which is entirely in Aramaica and Hebrew - and he's holding it upside down. See more »

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Ellie Fabian: [Ellie looking unusually glamorous at a wine social] You look, huh, wonderful!
Ellie Fabian: Well, sherry requires a certain effort, doesn't it?
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References Saboteur (1942) See more »

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The Forties
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Arranged by Joe Reisman
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Something you didn't know about Jewish immigrants
11 August 2003 | by (Moscow, Idaho) – See all my reviews

This is an engrossing thriller -- clearly in the vein established by Hitchcock -- and very much like Brian De Palma's carefully structured style. This is the first Jonathan Demme film I saw and I expected him to work more in this genre. Fortunately, he directed a cornucopeia of film in various styles that vary between intriguing and amazing: including "Melvin and Howard," "Stop Making Sense," "Philadelphia," and one of the best films for repeat viewing, "The Silence of the Lambs." This film stands out from the standard murder mystery in that it presents a non-standard view of Jews who immigrated to the US. To divulge more would spoil the film. Roy Scheider is perfect and Janet Margolin is beautiful. In addition , now -- nearly 25 years later -- it is fun watching Chris Walken, John Glover and Mandy Patinkin early in their careers. It is funny to realize that Margolin, Walken and Glover were all in "Annie Hall" two years earlier.


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