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High Risk (1981)

 -  Action | Crime  -  May 1981 (USA)
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Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American country and steal $5 million from the hacienda of an American-born drug dealer who ... See full summary »

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Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American country and steal $5 million from the hacienda of an American-born drug dealer who lives there. The four Americans then succeed rather easily in stealing the money, but soon run into trouble trying to get back out of the country, as both the drug dealer and a small army of bandits each hunt them down trying to get the money. Written by Don_Mac

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Getting in was easy... getting out was war!!!

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This movie's director Stewart Raffill once said of this picture: "There's a lot of fun and light moments in 'High Risk'. I see the film being in the 'Butch Cassidy' mold. There's humor, but the dangers, and the bullets, are real. Our heroes are not really competent enough to do what they do. They're working class guys who gamble their all on a chance to make it rich, and as such, I feel that they will be that much more easily identifiable to out audiences. They are simply doing what we would all like to do - have an adventure that would make our dreams become reality." See more »

Goofs

Parachute scene is obviously a different plane than the DC-3: Look for black strip around top of door on jump plane but all white above DC-3 door. Parachute plane has shiny side, DC-3 has dull side. Also look for pilot to be at the controls on final take-off, then back in the cabin celebrating, then gone from celebration in next scene. Highly unlikely that pilot would leave cockpit as they had just taken off and were banking. Pilot easily identified because he wears shark teeth necklace though he alternates between tank-top and flight suit. See more »

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Dan: Look, we've got four million dollars. We could put Donald Duck in the White House.
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Referenced in En busca del polvo perdido (1982) See more »

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(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
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on of my favorite pictures of all time
7 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This movie has everything! Shootouts, planes, bandits, drug dealers, great locations, and most of all, a really good bunch of actors at the top of their game. When four buddies try to rob a big time drug lord, Murphy's Law comes into play and everything goes wrong. James Brolin has never been better, as the determined leader of a group of suburban losers who want to strike it rich, and James Coburn is excellent as the drug lord. Bruce Davidson, Cleavon Little, Ernist Borgnine, and Lindsey Wagnor are all good, and Anthony Quinn stand out in an exceptional performance, reminding us what a good actor he really is.

There's enough action for two Rambo movies, as lots of lighthearted comedy. My favorite scene is when Brolin gun-butts a guard, and the guy doesn't just fall unconscious like everybody always does in the movies. Instead he grabs his head and starts yelling, and Brolin has to hit him again. The director takes conventional action scenes we've seen million times, like whacking a guard, and makes them original. It's hard to believe he went on to direct Mac & Me, a really silly E.T. ripoff.


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