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Night Chase (1970)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 20 November 1970
A taxi driver hired to drive a fugitive criminal to the Mexican border forms an unlikely friendship with his passenger.

Director:

Jack Starrett

Writers:

Marvin A. Gluck, Collier Young (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Adrian Vico
Yaphet Kotto ... Ernie Green
Victoria Vetri ... Beverly Dorn
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Proprietor
Joseph V. De Santis Joseph V. De Santis ... Old Fisherman
Richard Romanus ... Young Fisherman (as Richard Romanos)
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Jumbo
Karen Carlson ... Vico's wife
John Carter ... Capt. Walker
Laurie Main ... Tout
Edward Faulkner ... Patrolman
Dan Kemp Dan Kemp
Robert Rothwell
Stafford Morgan ... Bus Driver
William Katt ... Marine Private (as Bill Katt)
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A man fleeing the scene of his wife's shooting forms an unexpected relationship with the tough cab driver he hires to drive him to the Mexican border. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L.A. Cab See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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William Katt's first role in a TV movie. See more »

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"Deceptively simple" suspense film
5 August 2005 | by SkraggSee all my reviews

Of course, it isn't literally a "chase" story, and as good a suspense story as it is, it's much more than that. I've been really attached to this one since it was about a year old, and I saw it on the CBS Late Movie. (I had it on tape, unedited, for some time, and I'm still trying to replace it.) The chemistry (to use an unavoidable word) between Janssen and Kotto is really great. And since the movie is set during one night and day, and so much of it in a car, there's a feeling of really being on this long car ride with these two characters. To me, about the only drawback is the number of near-misses that Greene has when it comes to escaping, almost too many of them. But this also caused one of the good lines - "I thought you might be tempted to pick up another fare." And of course there were a lot of good "episodes" in the story, like the scene with William Katt. One of the best lines, though you definitely have to hear it at the right time (toward the end), is, simply, "You drink too much coffee." When it's followed by the other character's answer to it, you really see how the two of them have gotten to know each other. I don't usually care about parallels, let alone slender ones, but I can't help noticing that this crime story involves a famous football player, a husband and a wife (though not the PLAYER'S wife), and a long would-be escape down a highway. But if the O. J. trial had been as interesting to me as this FICTIONAL story, I would've watched IT, too.


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