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An old friend of a private detective is murdered. The detective, Mike Hammer, will make every effort to find out the killer. At each step he does, there is someone taking advantage of his progress. Written by Luis Carvacho <lcarvach@lascar.puc.cl>

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The film was originally filmed in 2:35.1 Anamorphic widescreen by Cinematographer Andrew Laszlo when production began and Larry Cohen was directing the film. When he was let go as director, Richard T. Heffron shot in the more economic 1:85.1 ratio and also due to the fact that he was more comfortable in that format. A few scenes that Cohen did shot did end up in the final film but were cropped from it's original aspect ratio and it really noticeable in the films' opening sequence when Hammer is making love to the woman he was hired to spy on which looks alot tighter than most of the film. See more »

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When Hammer has coffee with Kalecki on the rooftop, the position of Hammer's coffee cup handle changes between camera angles in the same scene. See more »

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Velda: Marry me.
Mike Hammer: I'd never be faithful.
Velda: Sure you would. You'd remember my Sicilian grandmother and decide it isn't worth it.
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Not bad, but it's not Mike Hammer
23 August 2003 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Everywhere I look, people say that this is the best Mike Hammer film to date, and I can't help but ask "why?" It just isn't very Mike Hammer. If perhaps it was just a ripoff of the pulp classic "I, the Jury" with Armand Assante, I would have enjoyed it. As a movie, it's pretty good considering it was pure 1980's action. But as Mike Hammer, it's weak.

The biggest differences between true Mike Hammer and this movie is Armand Assante's portrayal. He does a fine acting job, but Hammer is MEAN and always angry. In this, Assante is either manic depressive or smirking at the bad guys that he just beat. Mike Hammer gets into fist fights. Armand just pushes some people down stairs, doesn't throw punches. At least they got the ending right, although Armand Assante was still way too melancholy.

I can say several positive things about this movie. The scene when Assante does a full assault on the criminal's compound with an M-16 is well directed, a good solid action scene (no way connected with the book). Velda and Assante's love interests were both more interesting to watch than the rest of the movie.

In closing, I would like to say that Hollywood still has the chance to make a good, solid film based on Mike Hammer. Two tips: FOLLOW THE BOOK. Regardless of which book you use, follow it. Spillane wrote better than 90% of Hollywood anyways. And second, get someone who can be a mean and downright angry Mike Hammer, not depressed. I think Michael Madsen would fit the job well, he has the right look and the right voice.


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