Philo Beddoe is an easy-going trucker and a great fist-fighter. With two friends - Orville, who promotes prize-fights for him, and Clyde, the orangutan he won on a bet - he roams the San ... See full summary »
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Kansas City in the 1930s: private investigator Mike Murphy's partner is brutally murdered when he tries to blackmail a mobster with his secret accounting records. When a rival gang boss goes after the missing records, ex-policeman Murphy is forced to team up again with his ex-partner Lieutenant Speer, even though they can't stand each other, to fight both gangs before KC erupts in a mob war. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
After director Blake Edwards was allegedly fired from this picture, a number of other directors were approached to direct the film until eventually Richard Benjamin was hired to direct. See more »
In the scene where Lt. Speer breaks into the mobster's home to get the slug upon which to run ballistics the mobster asks Speer if Speer has a warrant. The movie takes place prior to 1934 and the repeal of prohibition. There was no requirement for police to have warrants to search citizens' property or to seize such property until the 1940's. See more »
How about a fast game of sleeper?
Never heard of it.
Well, it's simple. You go ahead and make your shot and I put you to sleep.
[cracks Poolroom thug in the head from behind with pool cue, knocking him unconscious]
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Were Our Expectations Too High? Certainly, But With Reason
I remember a lot of people, not just me, being disappointed in this film. With Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood in the starring roles, we all excepted a really entertaining, good movie. All the publicity made us even more anxious to see it. Well, it never lived up to the hype. I don't know anyone who left the theater satisfied when this was over.
This points out an important fact: screen writing is more important than the cast. You can have two charismatic actors, as we have here who are big box-office draws, but if the script stinks the movie is going to be a flop. I don't blame Reynolds or Eastwood. They didn't write this story which is dismal, makes no sense in a few parts (disjointed) and simply is not entertaining. It's pretty hard to have two stars, a good premise, the 1930s as a backdrop, and still have a unlikeable movie!
To be fair, part of the problem was the expectation. It obviously was too high for this film, which didn't deliver to meet everyone's high expectations. Maybe if you've never seen and keep your expectations low, you'll enjoy it. And - if for no other reason - it's still interesting to see those guys star in the same film.
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