A couple who cannot have children joins an in-vitro fertilization program. While she is with child, she finds strange occurrences happening within her body. The horror surrounding the child... See full summary »
Ageing hit man, Harry, has just botched a job and is now the target. His daughter is also in the assassin trade and is now a target too. A young hit man called Billy is sent to take Harry out but they form an uneasy alliance...
Christopher Warre Smets
In the boring desert of New Mexico, a single mother raises her two teenage daughters, Shade and Trudi, whose deepest desire is to leave the dead calm town. Shade is the type to escape in ... See full summary »
A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.
Prominent lawyer Charlie Deegan has almost everything he has ever wanted. He has an important, prosperous law practice, a beautiful secretary as his lover, and the chance to be appointed to... See full summary »
A former getaway driver from Chicago (George C. Scott) has retired to a peaceful life in a Portuguese fishing village. He is asked to pull off one last job, involving driving a dangerous ... See full summary »
George C. Scott,
Trish Van Devere
After a bank robbery, runaway Scottish outlaw Arch Deans and his young half breed Kiowa partner Billy Two Hats develop a father-son relationship but Sheriff Henry Gifford is determined to capture or kill them.
When Michael Grant (Bryan Brown), an assassin employed by an intelligence agency, has his latest target in his sniper rifle sights, he suddenly decides against pulling the trigger and, thereby aware that his usefulness to his employer is at an end, he resigns from his position and purchases a rural New Mexico house close to that of his near victim Wilbur Bryant (Harris Yulin), with whose daughter Anna (Brooke Adams) he falls in love, complicating his general circumstances because his erstwhile handler apparently is determined to complete the killing assignment without Grant by deploying alternate personnel. Based upon a popular novel, "The Long Kill" (original shooting title of the production), by Reginald Hill writing as Patrick Ruell, there is a critical alteration from the book that concerns Grant's reason for retiring: changed from deteriorating eyesight to becoming emotionally involved in his assignments, and there is no need to inquire as to which condition has greater appeal to viewers. The scenario focuses upon the melodramatic and contains with very little that is original written for a storyline crammed with coincidence, but fortunately this film is one of those uncommon items that manages to rise above its script limitations, buoyed by superlative direction, playing, and camera-work to a satisfying level whereby it no longer is in debt to the Ruell piece. Director Jan Egleson paces the action impeccably to build an atmosphere of suspense, demonstrating a fine sense of detail, and the cast is uniformly excellent, Brown and Adams naturalistically effective as lovers in their mid-forties who must deal with complicated issues, while Yulin provides, as is customary, a dependable performance in his role of the nearly slain Bryant and Daniel von Bargen garners the acting honours as an intelligence agency overseer with a possible hidden agenda. Most of the goings-on are set and shot in very scenic locations near Las Vegas, New Mexico, with splendid cinematography by Tom Priestley, Jr. and a nicely wrought score from Gary Chang enhancing this interesting film of a government assassin driven into a corner by a combination of his murderous past and his current romantic involvement.
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