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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.

Director:

Michele Lupo

Writers:

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

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 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)
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Storyline

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 !


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man to Respect See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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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Kinda Cool!
2 September 2002 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

I recently got this on DVD and I was surprised that it is not a half bad heist film! This might seem at first glance to be a low budget European flick, but if you stick with it there are some decent fight scenes, one pretty cool car chase (made the way when car chases really WERE car chases and not just done with crap computer effects like parts of the Gone In Sixty Seconds remake, where the drivers don't appear to be in any real jeopardy) and a surprisingly good heist story complete with some good plot twists and turns.

The film is dated in parts but all in all it holds up quite well. And Kirk Douglas gives a good performance as an over the hill thief wanting to pull one last score. All in all, The Master Touch is not bad way to spend an afternoon. Ciao, ciao, baby.


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