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
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They murdered his wife. His friends deserted him. His associates betrayed him. He thinks someone is trying to kill him. He's dead right.
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Did You Know?
The quote read out by Rabbi Drexel (David Margulies
) from the Hebrew Bible was from Deuteronomy, chapter 19, verse 12. It said: "Then the elders of the city shall send and fetch him thence and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood that he may die". See more
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
This was the prime whorehouse of the East Side. A moment of reverence, please: fifty years ago, this was the very place I lost my cherry.
References The Birds
Music by Miklós Rózsa
(as Miklos Rozsa)
Arranged by Joe Reisman See more