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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.

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 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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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sports car Michael Caine's character drives is a 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal. 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

Janet: Oh, Mr. Ventura, Mr. Williams isn't in.
Steve Ventura: I just wanna say three words to him.
Janet: He's really not in.
Steve Ventura: Where is he?
Janet: He is where he is every thursday afternoon. But I'm not gonna disturb him there.
Steve Ventura: Oh yeah. That's right.
Janet: [grabbing a pencil] Mr. Ventura, what are the three words?
Steve Ventura: The first one is 'Go'.
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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 »

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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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I like this movie, a good seventies action flick
8 July 2007 | by dougeroo1See all my reviews

Unlike some others, I really like this movie. As an American, I appreciate the Paris locations, which are well chosen. I like the Alfa Romeo Montreal that Michael Caine's character drives, an exceedingly rare and attractive model. I feel the dialog is clever and natural, and at times funny ("funguoo you!). It's interesting to see Pierre Salinger, the American statesman, in a small role and doing it well.

I feel you need to look at "The Destructors" as a group of vignettes, individually well done.While player motivations are sometimes a bit unclear,and some subplots lead nowhere, most of the main scenes are well presented. Younger people used to the slam bang action and quick scene cuts of newer movies may call it dull, but those who appreciate fine actors like James Mason, Anthony Quinn and Michael Caine may see this as a diamond in the rough. If you have a chance, catch this film on cable or at a theatre that plays older films, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.


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