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Black Eye (1974)

Private detective investigated a series of murders connected with a drug ring in Venice, California.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Mark Haggard (screenplay), Jim Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Williamson ... Shep Stone
Rosemary Forsyth ... Miss Francis
Teresa Graves ... Cynthia
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Diane Davis
Richard Anderson ... Dole
Cyril Delevanti ... Talbot
Richard X. Slattery ... Lt. Bill Bowen
Larry D. Mann ... Reverend Avery (as Larry Mann)
Bret Morrison Bret Morrison ... Max Majors
Frank Ashmore ... Chess (as Frank Stell)
Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher ... Vera Brownmiller
Teddy Wilson ... Lindy
Eugene Elman Eugene Elman ... Siegal (as Gene Elman)
Wayne Sutherland Wayne Sutherland ... Worm
Jim Malinda Jim Malinda ... Pusher
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Storyline

Fred Williamson stars as Stone, a Los Angeles-area private eye. After a movie star's funeral, the star's signature walking cane disappears. Stone discovers that the cane is somehow connected to a string of murders. Stone's investigation takes him onto a porn movie set and into a religious cult. A major subplot involves Stone's intermittent relationship with a young bisexual woman, and the tension therein. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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The name of the game is the cane of pain. See more »

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Action | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1979 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Con tanti cari... cadaveri detective Stone See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical film debut of Belinda Balaski. See more »

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Dole: California... huh... you're all freaks here.
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Not the best Fred Williamson movie by a long shot!
10 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Fred Williamson ('Black Caesar', 'Vigilante', 'From Dusk Til Dawn') was one of the coolest and most charismatic blaxploitation stars of the 1970s, but 'Black Eye' is by no means one of his best movies. Williamson himself is pretty good as always, but the pedestrian script and lacklustre direction (by Jack Arnold, who later worked with Williamson on the lame Western comedy 'Boss N*igger') don't do him any favours. Arnold directed 1950s classic 'Creature From The Black Lagoon' and 'The Incredible Shrinking Man', but had been mainly working in TV, and I think it really shows. 'Black Eye' feels like a TV pilot. It's like blaxploitation-lite. Williamson plays an ex-cop investigating the murder of a call girl and the theft of a walking stick she had stolen from a recently deceased Hollywood movie star. The trail leads him to a drug ring, porno movies and a religious cult, which sounds very Dashiell Hammett and interesting, but it isn't. It's very dull and never picks up steam. The supporting cast includes two actors familiar to 70s TV viewers, Richard Anderson ('The Six Million Dollar Man's Oscar Goldman), and the foxy Teresa Graves ('Get Christie Love'). Graves had previously co-starred with Fred Williamson in 'That Man Bolt', which may not be my favourite Williamson vehicle, but it was a damn site more entertaining than this! I say give 'Black Eye' a miss unless you're an obsessive fan of "The Hammer". If you haven't seen it, you really aren't missing much. Newcomers to Williamson are advised to go directly to Larry Cohen's brilliant 'Black Caesar' which features a dynamite Williamson performance, and a super cool score from The Godfather Of Soul James Brown.


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