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Bog-standard 1970's thriller that is dull despite the cast
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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