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Hard Contract (1969)

R | | Drama, Mystery | 15 May 1969 (UK)
A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

Director:

S. Lee Pogostin

Writer:

S. Lee Pogostin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Coburn ... John Cunningham
Lee Remick ... Sheila Metcalfe
Lilli Palmer ... Adrianne
Burgess Meredith ... Ramsey Williams
Patrick Magee ... Alexi
Sterling Hayden ... Michael Carlson
Claude Dauphin ... Maurice
Helen Cherry ... Evelyn Carlson
Karen Black ... Ellen
Sabine Sun ... Belgian Prostitute
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Storyline

A cold hearted American hit man goes to Europe for 'one last score'. His encounter with a beautiful young woman casts self doubt on his lifeblood, and influences him to resist carrying out the contract

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John Cunningham, paid assassin. An iceberg. None of his assorted women could crack him. Then he met a woman as cool as he was. And something happened to both of them. Something terrifying. Something beautiful. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes amar... después matar See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Cunningham is in Brussels a fight breaks out in the bar over the issue of whether the official language of Belguim should be French or Flemish (a Dutch dialect). Belgium is a country roughly divided half-and-half between the two languages. See more »

Quotes

John Cunningham: Murder is obsolete.
Ramsey Williams: I'm an old-fashioned man and I prefer an old-fashioned contract. Get back to me when death is obsolete.
John Cunningham: It is obsolete! It's all obsolete! How do you think bitching became so big?
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Murder is Obsolete, but Great Acting isn't
27 January 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

If you like hit man films, this one is not for you. But if you want to see some fine acting, there is a scene near the end of this film between James Coburn and Sterling Hayden which is absolutely superb. Coburn is the young hit-man (he's 41) and Hayden is the retired hit-man who has given up killing (he's 53 at the time).

Other than this, it's a pretty ordinary film and is less a hit-man film than it is an existential film

My favorite hit-man films are Leon: The Professional 1994, Pulp Fiction 1994, In Bruges 2008, La Femme Nikita 1990, The Killers 1964, This Gun for Hire 1942, The Long kiss goodnight 1996, The Bourne Identity (2202, Supremacy (2004), Ultimatum 2007, Kill Bill 2003. 2004, Gross Pointe Blank 1997, Hit-man 2007, Memory of a Killer (2003), Collateral 2004, and Colombiana 2011


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