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Brannigan (1975)

Chicago Police Lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the U.K. to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the U.S., but Larkin's hitmen prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

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Douglas Hickox

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Christopher Trumbo (screenplay), Michael Butler (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Lt. Brannigan
Richard Attenborough ... Cmdr. Swann
Judy Geeson ... Jennifer
Mel Ferrer ... Fields
John Vernon ... Larkin
Daniel Pilon ... Gorman
John Stride John Stride ... Insp. Traven
James Booth ... Charlie-the-Handle
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Angell
Ralph Meeker ... Capt. Moretti
Barry Dennen ... Julian
Lesley-Anne Down ... Luana (as Lesley Anne Down)
Pauline Delaney ... Mrs Cooper (as Pauline Delany)
Del Henney Del Henney ... Drexel
Brian Glover ... Jimmy-the-Bet
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Storyline

Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition, but when he arrives, he has been kidnapped, which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan, in his American Irish way, brings American law to the people of Scotland Yard in order to recapture this mobster with a price tag on his head and a stuffy old London cop with whom to contend. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Battle See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,771,815, 31 December 1975
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technospes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Trumbo said he had no problem working on a movie that starred John Wayne, even though he was the son of blacklisted openly Communist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. See more »

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When Brannigan in the Ford Capri lands after jumping the open span of the Tower Bridge, the order of the cars stopped in the other direction is: 1 white unknown car, 2 red Mini, 3 black Mercedes sedan, with a green Mini several vehicles further back. (This is at 1:21:45 (US DVD) or 1:18:23 (UK DVD) of the movie.) When the Ford Capri ends up on top of the dumpster/skip and Brannigan kicks the door open, the order of the vehicles has changed to: 1 white unknown car, 2 red Mini, 3 green Mini. (This is at 1:21:53 (US DVD) or 1:18:31 (UK DVD) of the movie.) See more »

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Trodding the Path of Eastwood
21 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

By the mid 1970s the western film had really become a thing of the past. The action heroes by that time were police of all different kinds of character. Clint Eastwood had sure proved that with the success of the Dirty Harry Films. In fact by the time Brannigan came out, Eastwood had two of them already done.

I suspect that John Wayne was also looking for modern stories for reasons of health. Those western locations were and are pretty rugged. Wayne was 68 when this was done and playing a man in his fifties. He also had only one working lung in those last dozens years of work after the cancer operation of 1964.

So in Brannigan Wayne makes a more successful transition from his western character to a modern policeman than he did in McQ. He's from the Chicago PD and in London to pick up gangster John Vernon who's skipped bail. An assignment that the San Francisco PD surely would have sent Harry Callahan on.

Vernon is not only not in custody with Scotland Yard, but he's been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Vernon's lawyer Mel Ferrer arrives from Chicago to pay the ransom.

It's a merry chase from then on and while the ending is no kind of surprise the film is a lot of fun.

Richard Attenborough makes an effective British foil for Wayne's all American hero. And Judy Geeson who first became noticed by movie fans as a student in Sidney Poitier's class in Two Sir With Love, plays Wayne's driver and confidante as a police sergeant. The two of them have a marvelous father/daughter like chemistry.

Wayne films are not complete unless there is a fight scene. In this case a London pub is busted up like a frontier saloon in a scene reminiscent of The War Wagon. It's sort of out of place though in a modern film.

And the climax is a homage to Dirty Harry. Dare I say it, but I'm still wondering why Eastwood's Malpaso Productions didn't sue the Duke's Batjac company for that scene which is ripped off from Magnum Force.

Probably because Clint liked the homage.


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