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Last Embrace (1979)

 -  Thriller  -  4 May 1979 (USA)
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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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Thriller

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4 May 1979 (USA)  »

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Many major movie posters for the film featured a blurb that read: "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 »

Goofs

Sam translates the Hebrew name "Zvi Migdal" as "big tower". While "migdal" does mean "tower", the word "zvi" means "deer". And it would more properly be called Migdal Zvi, not Zvi Migdal. See more »

Quotes

Ellie Fabian: I'm afraid of what'll happen if I stay.
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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THE FORTIES
Music by Miklós Rózsa (as Miklos Rozsa)
Arranged by Joe Reisman
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Enjoyable
10 June 2002 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know exactly why I find this film interesting. The plot is pretty thick and often hard to follow and sometimes the story moves at a glacial pace. Still, it's rather neat. Roy Scheider always looks kewl when carefully groomed in up to date wardrobes. And the nose, that nose, pointing in half a dozen different directions at the same time. Janet Margolin was so beautiful. It's difficult to take your eyes from her when she in on screen. She projects a sort of pathos, a winsome helplessness, even after is is revealed that she can be a pretty cold-blooded babe underneath all that vulnerability, a primordial fatale monstrum. She has one or two sexy scenes that almost in themselves justify watching the movie. And I've always found John Glover a magnetic actor. He's never quite able to mask that Maryland accent. Here he plays a snobbish Princeton professor in seersucker, jealous of Margolin's attraction to Scheider. And when we first see Sam Levene's face, as a stranger on a train, there is the shock of recognition on our part. What a long absence, Sam! Nice shots of Princeton's campus. There's a shoot-out (the only one) in the empty quad and campanile producing enough ringing bells to drive you mad, which Miklos Roszas score does not to. It's unmistakably his own and evokes other earlier black and white noirs. The climactic scene was shot at Niagara Falls.


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