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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 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 ... Brizard's Mistress
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Calmet
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Kovakian
André Oumansky ... Marsac (as Andre Oumansky)
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Minierini
Jean-Louis Fortuit ... Fortuit
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Kurt
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Henri
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Wilson
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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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They Live the Sweet Life But They Play a Game of SUDDEN DEATH! See more »


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Trivia

The sports car John Deray (Michael Caine) drove was 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

John Deray: I never make love on television.
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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 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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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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Destructors See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Kettledrum Films, PECF See more »
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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