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
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The make and model of the two handguns that Harry Crown (Richard Harris) used were a pair of Browning Hi-Power 9mm automatic pistols with ivory handled grips, which were each engraved with two flowers, which were a rose and chrysanthemum. See more »
[to Tony the Kid, while smoking a cigar]
You know, Kid, a cigar don't care who smokes it.
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The opening credits are done in pop art animation like Roy Lickenstein and when Bradford Dillman's likeness is shown, a snake's tongue comes out See more »
The Fox Movie Channel version edits out 4 minutes from the film for time constraints. See more »
The title refers to the now very old Ivory Soap claim of 99 and 64/100% Pure - and there is another "old" meaning for 'pure' that would be known to Frankenheimer and Dillon. It's another word for the material tanners would use in browning leather - dog turds. This should have been a clue to the humor to follow.
This is an interesting and odd film.
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