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The Master Touch (1972)

Un uomo da rispettare (original title)
PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | May 1974 (USA)
A just released from prison professional thief decides to do one last high-risk heist, which could settle him for life or land him behind bars again.


Michele Lupo


Roberto Leoni (screenplay), Roberto Leoni (story) | 4 more credits »




Credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Steve Wallace
Giuliano Gemma ... Marco
Florinda Bolkan ... Anna
Wolfgang Preiss ... Miller
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Detective Hoffman (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Romano Puppo ... Miller's Lieutenant
Bruno Corazzari ... Eric
John Bartha ... Murdered Security Guard
Allen Stanley Allen Stanley
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni
Luigi Antonio Guerra Luigi Antonio Guerra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert A.E. Böhme ... Captain Hansmunsen
Peter Kuiper ... Gustav
Paul Muller ... (scenes deleted)


In Hamburg, Germany, convicted burglar and safe cracker Steve Wallace is released from prison.He served two years for a burglary that went wrong.Police inspector Hoffman drives Wallace home and tels him to stay out of trouble. During his heydays Wallace lived in style because the takes were good and he never got caught.This was back when he worked alone, for himself.Since he started working for local crime boss Miller things went wrong.Hence, the two year prison term he just finished.Wallace's girlfriend, Anna, welcomes him home but home nowadays is a modest rented house on the outskirts of the city. Anna wants Steve Wallace to keep his nose clean from now on but Steve hates their modest living conditions.He asks Anna for permission to pull one more job and retire.She doesn't agree but Steve will do it anyway.The ideal opportunity arises when crime boss Miller asks Steve to break into a high security high tech corporate building and steal one million dollars from the safe of an ... Written by nufs68

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To split a car in half... seduce a safe with music... send a city wild !


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During the chase, one of the cars keep changing back and forth from a 1958 Plymouth two door to a 1960 Dodge four door with slightly modified tail fins. See more »

Alternate Versions

Region 1 DVD is full frame and 95 minutes long Original version is wide-screen and 112 minutes See more »


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MUCH better than expected, a little gem
4 April 2007 | by goods116See all my reviews

If you love those 70's films, this has it all. The cars, the clothes, the "modern" machinery that is hokey today, and camera angles, etc. The best part of the film is one of the best car chases on film (perhaps top 10 best ever, really !), with no CGI, quick cutaways, etc., worth watching for this alone. The rest of the heist is pretty standard, but decent, with a complicated ending of course (it never just ends clean in these movies now, does it?). The movie takes place in Germany, although of course all of the text is in English, as if people in Germany speak English as a matter of course in their daily lives. It does not matter though, Hamburg is portrayed as gritty, again, that 70's gritty that we all miss and love to see in films.

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Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

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A Man to Respect See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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