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James Hatcher embezzles ten million dollars from a joint mafia/CIA operation, leaving them squabbling with each other. Unemployed Lewis Kinney gets caught up in the intrigue, and must try to recover the money, while saving the beautiful Lise Hatcher (hopefully for himself). Written by
The Canadian movie "Highpoint" is a strange movie. On one hand, it wants to be a serious homage to the kind of thrillers Alfred Hitchcock made. But on the other hand, it also wants to be a kind of spoof of those Hitchcock movies. Needless to say, mixing the two tones results in quite a mess. It's obvious that the filmmakers tried to save this in the editing room, but the different tones still result in an inconsistent feeling. It doesn't help that each tone isn't very well done. The mystery angle isn't very clear, and the comedy is painfully unfunny (they even try doing a chase sequence Keystone Kops style.) The movie looks a lot better than most other Canadian movies from the same period (it obviously had an ample budget), but its slickness doesn't hide its unsatisfying soul. Only for viewers who really want to see how Canadians would do Hitchcock... or who want to see Christopher Plummer sport a ridiculous-looking moustache.
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