Police Inspector Paul Fein (Bronson) copes with family troubles while also dealing with the possibility of advancement to police chief. Meanwhile, his son (Joe Penny) is investigating the murder of a banker.
Wifes and children of the Mormon Orville Beecham become victims of a massacre in his own house. The police believes the crime had a religious motive. Orville doesn't give any comment on the... See full summary »
J. Lee Thompson
Trish Van Devere,
Chief inspector Paul Fein and his eldest son inspector Ben Fein investigate the double murder on banker Phillip Chandler, whose family is also in politics, and his wife. Their first suspect, heir Evan Chandler, is found murdered in his car. Paul is likely to succeed the chief of police who is about to retire, but then finds he was involved in a major drug-related corruption web, and when he chief is killed becomes the rage of various accusations; even taken off the case, Paul and Ben keep investigating, forcing a fiscal investigator to collaborate. Junior son Eddie Fein feels guilty for failing to save his partner's life, even if officially cleared, and saves Caroline Chandler's life. Written by
The Apollo Movie Guide was right. Since I hadn't seen the first two, I was lost during this one, but Blockbuster still has that "30-Rental's, $30" special running and I saw a title I'd never heard of, saw it starred one of my favorite actors (Bronson), so I picked it up.
Within the first few minutes I realized that this was not the Charles Bronson I knew. I really hope not to insult an icon I highly respect, but all I could think of was how the same thing had happened to Rutger Hauer (in "Tactical Assault"). Where had the lean, athletic, handsome, complex, and versatile man gone? Marlon Brando also came to mind for the same reasons. I know people do get older, but Charles seemed to be struggling to get out each and every line and his movements seemed slow and cautious, like he was afraid he'd fall and break. There wasn't even the slightest bit of the fire that has burned in him in every movie he's done since 1951. It hurt me to see him this way. In the same age group is Clint Eastwood. Now, he is visibly aged, but the edge is still there as evidenced in "Space Cowboys".
What has happened, Charlie? Will this be your last movie? Can you ever be Paul Kersey again? I sincerely hope so.
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