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99 and 44/100% Dead! (1974)

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Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry's new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank's enemy, Big Eddie.

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John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Robert Dillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Harry Crown
Edmond O'Brien ... Uncle Frank
Bradford Dillman ... Big Eddie
Ann Turkel ... Buffy
Constance Ford ... Dolly
Zooey Hall Zooey Hall ... Tony - The Kid (as David Hall)
Kathrine Baumann ... Baby
Janice Heiden Janice Heiden ... Clara (as Janis Heiden)
Max Kleven Max Kleven ... North
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Guard
Tony Brubaker ... Burt (as Anthony Brubaker)
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Shoes
Roy Jenson ... Jake
Bennie E. Dobbins Bennie E. Dobbins ... Driver (as Bernie Dobbins)
Chuck Roberson ... Gunman
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Storyline

Crime boss Uncle Frank (Edmond O'Brien) and rival crime boss Big Eddie (Bradford Dillman) decide the city is too small or not big enough for two crime bosses, so one of them must go. It's a fight to the death with gang members winding up at the bottom of the river encased in cermet foot-ware, chewed up by the garbage detail, bombed out or machine gunned down. They import help. Uncle Frank hires profession killer Harry Crown (Richard Harris) and pays him 100 G's to rub out Big Eddie, and the latter sends for Marvin "Claw" Zuckerman (Chuck Connors), a sadistic and demented killer, who is one hand short of having two hands. And Marvin hates Harry because it was Harry who cut off his hand when Marvin savagely mistreated a girl. In between all the blood and bullets, there is time for romance. Harry resumes an affair with Buffy (Ann Turkel), a third-grade schoolteacher (school-class status and not a rating), and Tony (David Hall), a hotshot young gangster assigned by Uncle Frank to assist ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Everyone is dying to meet Harry Crown.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

99 % død See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Still photographer Orlando Suero was billed in the credits just as Orlando Suero. See more »

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The end credit show stills from the movie except for the last part which is a pop art animation still that says WHAM! See more »

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The Fox Movie Channel version edits out 4 minutes from the film for time constraints. See more »

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Referenced in Tales from the Crypt: 99 & 44/100% Pure Horror (1995) See more »

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Not very satiric satire
24 March 2006 | by JasparLamarCrabbSee all my reviews

It's certainly different, but it's not very good. Richard Harris plays a hit-man hired by a mob boss to knock off a rival. Director John Frankenheimer starts things off with a bang with Roy Lichtenstein inspired titles and a pretty fun shoot out/car chase. The film itself is so slow that quirky touches like a giant balloon sculpture, a lesson on cement shoes and an incorporated brothel offer a lot of relief. Harris looks otherwise engaged and Ann Turkel, though gorgeous, isn't much of an actress...and she's certainly too classy to be convincing as a school teacher/dancer named Buffy! A very old and tired looking Edmond O'Brien plays "Uncle" Frankie, the mob boss --- he looks like a puffy Humphrey Bogart and sounds like a near dead Jason Robards. Connors " plays "Claw" and clearly has a lot of fun with his prosthetic. Bradford Dillman is awful as O'Brien's rival...he affects some sort of Brooklyn accent even though no one else does AND the film is set in L.A. Henry Mancini's jazzy score is great, but becomes increasingly intrusive as the film progresses.

Flaws aside, the film is surely a high-water mark in the spotty career of Richard Harris...he went on to star in ORCA, THE CASSANDRA CROSSING, etc.


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