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Order to Assassinate (1975)

El clan de los inmorales (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama | August 1975 (USA)
The story concerns a mob family, headed by gambling czar Jose Ferrer. When one of family's hit men (Helmut Berger) fails to come up to expectations, Ferrer orders the man's execution.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Helmut Berger ... Clyde Hart
Sydne Rome ... Anne
Kevin McCarthy ... Ed McLean (as Kelvin McCarthy)
José María Caffarel ... Richard
José Ferrer ... Inspector Reed
Juan Luis Galiardo
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Richard
Manuel Zarzo ... Hugo
Álvaro de Luna ... Daniel
Frank Braña
Romano Puppo
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elena Berrido Elena Berrido ... Rosa
Claudio Chea Claudio Chea ... Tom Sayon
César Olmos César Olmos
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The story concerns a mob family, headed by gambling czar Jose Ferrer. When one of family's hit men (Helmut Berger) fails to come up to expectations, Ferrer orders the man's execution.

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She was forced to love the man she hated...or the man she loved would die!

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Crime | Drama

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August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Order to Assassinate See more »

Filming Locations:

Dominican Republic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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El tabaco
By William Liriano
Sung by Johnny Ventura
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The future today with a little bit of the past thrown in during the present
14 June 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

Strangely, this seventies-made Italian crime film has a plot derived from a late sixties Italian Dirty Dozen rip-off, but is set in a late eighties Italian action film location! That's different.

It all starts off with a hitman (Romano Puppo) killing a guy on a train, and another mobster (Berger) being given the task of taking him out. Berger doesn't know the target is his friend, and when he stalls during the hit, another fella wastes Puppo and Berger ends up with a price on his head. To add to the trouble, he's on a Caribbean island and the mob boss who wants him dead has all means of escape cut off.

Berger, and his glamourous Charlie's Angels style girlfriend, go on the run anyway and after Berger gets a drubbing from a bunch of locals (one of which has a superb afro) he ends up at an old girlfriend's house. To add insult to injury his current girlfriend runs off with the mob bosses right hand man! Berger has no choice but to work for a local police chief who wants him to kill the mob boss, who is played by Kevin McCarthy from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and, to a lesser extent, the seventies remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

This is where things get a bit Dirty Dozen. Berger has to train up three crooked cops to invade Kevin McCarthy's compound and kill everyone, but in the Seventies things were more laid back so we don't get a training montage: we just get a long sequence of people training before the action packed ending where everyone gets blown away.

So, there you have it. What I learned from this film is that Jose Ferrer was Miguel Ferrer's father, and not Mel Ferrer, star of Blood and Roses and Nightmare City. I'm glad that's cleared up.


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