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George Peppard plays a hard-driven industrialist more than a little reminiscent of Howard Hughes. While he builds airplanes, directs movies and breaks hearts, his friends and lovers try to reach his human side, and find that it's an uphill battle. The film's title is a metaphor for self-promoting tycoons who perform quick financial takeovers, impose dictatorial controls for short-term profits, then move on to greener pastures.Written by
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I have seen this film at least a dozen times and I've enjoyed it more and more with each viewing. George Peppard gives the performance of a lifetime as Jonas Cord, a tycoon modeled after Howard Hughes. Jonas makes his fortune in chemicals, then branches out into aviation and then, most importantly, into Hollywood.
I love the absolute male/female dichotomy in the film. Men are men and women are women, and that's that. Each manipulates the other for their own gains. A lot like real life!
My favorite actor in the film out of a wonderful cast is the eternally youthful Bob Cummings. Bob was 53 when this was filmed and looked about 36. He really knew how to play a role. What a guy!
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