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Sol Madrid (1968)

Approved | | Action , Crime | 7 February 1968 (USA)
Government agent Sol Madrid travels to Mexico with hooker Stacey to bring mobster Villanova and drug kingpin Dietrich to justice.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writers:

Robert Wilder (novel), David Karp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David McCallum ... Sol Madrid
Stella Stevens ... Stacey Woodward
Telly Savalas ... Emil Dietrich
Ricardo Montalban ... Jalisco
Rip Torn ... Dano Villanova
Pat Hingle ... Harry Mitchell
Paul Lukas ... Capo Riccione
Michael Ansara ... Capt. Ortega
Perry Lopez ... Hood
Michael Conrad ... Scarpi
Robert Rockwell ... Chief Danvers
Merritt Bohn ... Refinery Engineer
Madge Cameron Madge Cameron ... Woman in Cantina
Shepherd Sanders Shepherd Sanders ... Cantina Operator
Henry A. Escalante Henry A. Escalante ... Dietrich Gunman
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Government agent Sol Madrid travels to Mexico with hooker Stacey to bring mobster Villanova and drug kingpin Dietrich to justice.

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Con Man - And Best Cop on the Narcotics Squad See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los corruptores See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Cassavetes, who left the production early, said of one of his co-stars " Ricardo Montalban is to improvisational acting what Mount Rushmore is to animation ". See more »

Quotes

Emil Dietrich: A half million in heroin... 28 kilos. How would you manage to get it across the border?
Sol Madrid: That's my problem. You're perfectly welcome to come along and watch me do it, if you're willing to risk 20 years in an American or a Mexican prison.
Emil Dietrich: No one is *that* curious. But I am interested: how would you manage it?
Sol Madrid: I'm sorry: my method, my neck, my money.
Emil Dietrich: And my heroin.
Sol Madrid: And *your* profit.
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Featured in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »

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The Mannequin from U.N.C.L.E.
26 July 2004 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Beautiful location scenery, an eclectic cast and a fairly pedestrian script add up to an okay crime drama. McCallum plays an undercover drug agent (with the unlikely name of Sol Madrid) who is trying to bring down fat cat kingpin Savalas and mob distributor Torn. He takes Torn's former moll Stevens to Mexico in order to infiltrate Savalas' heavily guarded estate and set up a sting operation on him. Assisting him is Montalban, a U.S. cop who has been working undercover in Mexico for many years and who wants to bring down Hingle, another linchpin in the drug connection. There's a lot of sniping, conspiracy, betrayal and violence along the way as McCallum works to reach his goals. Acapulco locations add a nice touch to the film and there is great, slick acting by Savalas and Montalban. Torn also inhabits his menacing character well. McCallum, however, veers back and forth from a blank nonentity to a petulant child who isn't getting what he wants. His performance is both uneven and uninvolving. Stevens is pretty shrill for much of the time, though she does look great during a lot of the film in her Moss Mabry creations and impossibly thick (faux?) blonde hair. She also allows herself to be seen (virtually) sans makeup in some of her grittier moments. Aside from some witty and authoritative moments with Savalas and a clever (if rather unbelievable) drug smuggling attempt, the film is mostly a drag. It seems a bit aimless and the lead's emotionless demeanor does not invite a lot of investment from the audience. There is a sort of interesting background for the title sequence in which a plant is sliced open and white liquid spews out while the red-lettered credits run. It's a tough, occasionally intriguing film, but one without much emotional payoff or lingering interest.


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