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The Destructors (1974)

The Marseille Contract (original title)
When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... John Deray
... Steve Ventura
... Jacques Brizard
... Inspector Briac
... Rita
... Lucienne
Catherine Rouvel ... Brizard's Mistress
... Calmet
Patrick Floersheim ... Kovakian
André Oumansky ... Marsac (as Andre Oumansky)
Georges Beller ... Minierini
Jean-Louis Fortuit ... Fortuit
Jerry Brouer ... Kurt
Georges Lycan ... Henri
Pierre Koulak ... Wilson
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When a US intelligence agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with turns out to be an old friend.

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They Live the Sweet Life But They Play a Game of SUDDEN DEATH! See more »


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4 December 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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This film was released as "The Destructors" and is listed as such in "The Films of Anthony Quinn" written by Alvin Marill. See more »

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When Anthony Quinn is sitting at the desk in Briac's office talking about getting a hit man, a cigarette in his left hand appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

John Deray: I never make love on television.
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Referenced in GoldenEye (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round Midnight
Music by Thelonious Monk & Cootie Williams
Words by Bernard Hanighen (as Bernie Hanighen)
Performed by The Fellings Quartet
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Bog-standard 1970's thriller that is dull despite the cast
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Police officer Steve Ventura has tried and failed to catch Jacques Brizard – a respectable businessman who deals drugs. In his frustration he hires a hitman to kill Brizard – the hitman turning out to be old friend John Deray. As Deray starts to get close to Brizard, Ventura strengthens his case.

I watched this back to back with another Michael Caine movie – Without a Clue. In that his presence lifted an average film into something better….however here he can't manage it. In fact, three big names can't do it. The plot is straightforward and is similar to many other 1970's thrillers. The action and the characters could also be in any other of hundreds of cheap thrillers. There are few scenes that make the film interesting – Deray showing how ruthless he is on top of a building site is one of the highlights, the car chase/romance is also interesting as it was copied (but extended) for Mission: Impossible 2.

Caine appears to be in a different movie from Quinn – he's happy go lucky, enjoying romantic dinners etc while Quinn is gritting it out on the streets with informers etc. It creates a split feel to the movie – but it's better when the two come together. Neither are good enough to make the film better than average – nor is James `The Voice' Mason, who looks like he's asleep for most of it.

Overall, there are plenty of good 1970's thrillers out there that contain these actors separately (Quinn in Across 110th Street for one) – here the three can't manage to lift this out of being average and a bit dull.


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