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Hit Man (1982)

Jugando con la muerte (original title)
A Spanish police chief hires an undercover agent (a Jewish mercenary(?)) to infiltrate a gang of heroin smugglers. The mercenary is code-named Eagle because of a tattoo. Infiltrating the ... See full summary »
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David (as George Rivero)
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Carmen
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Coronel O'Donnell
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McFadden
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Sam Fisher
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Laura
José María Blanco ...
Capitán Casado
José Antonio Ceinos ...
Enrique
José María Cañete ...
Fermín
Robert Avard Miller ...
Sergio (as Robert A. Miller)
Frances Ondiviela ...
Susan (as Paquita Ondiviela)
Roser Ferrer ...
Teresa
Riad Abdul Maguid ...
Embajador
Kamel S. Mansour ...
Consejero
Jordi Bofill ...
René (as Jorge Bofill)

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A Spanish police chief hires an undercover agent (a Jewish mercenary(?)) to infiltrate a gang of heroin smugglers. The mercenary is code-named Eagle because of a tattoo. Infiltrating the gang, he uses a female agent as a point of contact. However, as he gets deeper into the gang, he discovers that there bigger goings-on than dope. The gang is involved in the transportation of smuggled uranium for the manufacture of nuclear arms for sale to Libya and other aspiring third world countries. Things get even stickier when a ruthless bad guy shows up and he turns out to be one of Eagle's former cohorts in the Foreign Legion. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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26 April 1984 (Mexico)  »

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Night Flight
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Music by Pino Donaggio
Sung by Angie Fisher
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Plodding, plotting and plotzing
21 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a textbook, routine international "thriller" with a tossed salad cast and plot. Rivero is the blow-dried, muscular-fireplug leading the cast, playing an off-the-streets mercenary looking up an old friend... only to discover his ex-mercenary friend is dead. But that's just the start for Rivero. Von Sydow (as a Spanish Super Police Chief of sorts) has him arrested and then pressured into infiltrating the heroin smuggling ring that killed Rivero's buddy. Maud Adams plays a fellow operative trying to get in on the crime busting action. Then there's Chuck Connors popping up for a few scenes as some kind of schemer, only to be mercifully knifed and let out of the rest of the movie ("Thanks for the paycheck and goodnight, folks!") Even later, about an hour in, up pops George Peppard as a ruthless villain leading the smuggling ring, with an ever present grin and a cigarette holder that he chews on throughout. But lo and behold, it's more than heroin, it's become a chase after the smuggling of nuclear weapons grade material. And Peppard turns out to be yet another ex-mercenary that Rivero knows.

All this plotting plays out between required high-pitched action scenes. We get the spin-out car chase stuff courtesy of Remy Julienne, some martial arts action, a long and familiar ski chase scene, a mano y mano handgun chase-and-shoot, and more than enough pointless parachute diving than you can stand. It all finishes as expected, although the film-makers clumsily have Peppard disappear at the climax, mentioned only in passing in the wrap up (perhaps that final paycheck didn't arrive and Peppard told the producers "Adios!") Rivero and Adams are both quite dull and wooden. The storyline is murky as is the camera-work. The action scenes are mostly second-unit stuff that doesn't feature the cast, so they really could have come from, or be later plugged into, other movies. Blah.


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