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The Destructors (1974)

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

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writer:

Judd Bernard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... John Deray
Anthony Quinn ... Steve Ventura
James Mason ... Jacques Brizard
Maurice Ronet ... Inspector Briac
Alexandra Stewart ... Rita
Maureen Kerwin ... Lucienne
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Brizard's Mistress
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Calmet
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Kovakian
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Marsac (as Andre Oumansky)
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Minierini
Jean-Louis Fortuit Jean-Louis Fortuit ... Fortuit
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Kurt
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Henri
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Wilson
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Storyline

When a U.S. Intelligence Agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man with whom he is put in contact turns out to be an old friend.

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Taglines:

Even the Underworld has its Aristocracy... its High Society... its Jet Set. They're called "The Destructors". See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Destructors See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kettledrum Films, PECF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Caine admitted at the time that the script wasn't the best he had ever read, but agreed to make this movie regardless. See more »

Goofs

In the office scene when Inspector Briac offers Anthony Quinn's Steve Ventura a bottle of Château d'Yquem - stating he has been given a case of the wine - he opens the box and pulls out a green bottle. Château d'Yquem is a golden-colored Premier Cru Supérieur (Fr: "Superior First Growth") wine from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux and is always in clear bottles to showcase the gold color. Briac was handling a green bottle which would have a red and the label color was even wrong.. See more »

Quotes

John Deray: The pay is good, the hours are short, and like the fellow says: we never touch women and children, we only kill each other.
[laughs]
Steve Ventura: You have changed, huh?
John Deray: No, I haven't changed, I, I just changed my job.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was re-rated with a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mi adúltero esposo ('In Situ') (1979) 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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Nicely paced 70's crime drama
6 August 2008 | by mdeweySee all my reviews

Unlike some other reviewers, I found this little known piece to be very entertaining. Yes, Tony Quinn over-emotes on occasion (e.g., poker scene) and his affair with Rita (Alexandra Stewart) goes undeveloped, but the story line itself is well paced, interesting and suspenseful. If you're looking for an esoteric, psychologically penetrating example of the crime drama genre, this film is probably not for you. It is, however, a 90 minute "straight, no chaser" crime caper with the obligatory chase scenes, double-crosses, romantic entanglements, etc. Is it Caine and Mason at their best? No, but they don't need to be to fulfill their contribution, individually and collectively, to the flow of the story line. Also, the not-so-well known French actors (to American audiences) cast in the film were up to the task at hand.

In conclusion, great camera shots of Paris, southern France and Marseille. In no small manner, they augmented the film's overall thrust and added an extra dimension of cinematic flavor.


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