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Strike Me Deadly (1963)

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A forest ranger witnesses a murder. He and his wife are captured by the killer and held captive in a remote cabin.




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A forest ranger witnesses a murder. He and his wife are captured by the killer and held captive in a remote cabin.

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Completed in 1959, but released four years later. See more »


Al: Tell me something. Chuck. What would you do if you found your wife running around behind your back with another guy?
Chuck: I don't know, I'm not married.
Al: Suppose you *were* married. What do you think you'd do?
Chuck: I don't know. What could you do?
Al: I don't know. What would *you* do?
Chuck: What are you, a nut, asking questions like that? I... I'd get rid of her. Let's get out of here, eh?
Al: I want to tell you what I'd do. I think I'd... find a way... maybe a hunting trip, where things could happen. Accidents happen...
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Needs to be recut
29 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Strike Me Deadly" (1963) is all right for the first 27 minutes and the last 16 minutes. In between the movie mostly depicts back story of the married lives of the man and wife threatened by murderer Steve Ihnat. Those 37 minutes are not quite all a waste but they come close. What was needed here were more scenes that wove in Ihnat. As the footage stands, there is very little reason for opening with the very good 25-minute action-chase through the woods and then going into the romance footage. Almost all tension is lost. This movie needed to be recut and some scenes added. It should have been handled like many film noirs, which is to start with the predicament rather briefly (as in "Detour"), and then introduce the flashback. Alternatively, do not use the flashback structure. Tell the story linearly. I think the latter is the better choice in this case, because there is no clear place to cut into the predicament of seeing a murder, being chased by the murderer and being captured.

Ihnat was always notable in his parts, often edgy and prone to violence as in "The Chase". The actual chase here is long but well-staged. The two men had to be in very good shape to do all the running they did. The start and end of this film are what make it worthwhile.

There is a forest fire in the story but it's not connected well to the plot.

All in all, the movie didn't live up to the earlier reviews of it on IMDb, in my opinion.

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