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Brannigan (1975)

Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

Director:

Douglas Hickox

Writers:

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 both A price tag on his head and a stuffy old London cop to contend with. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>

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Big Jim Brannigan takes on London - Chicago Style ! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wellborn,Levy-Gardner-Laven See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technospes)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was criticized as a rip-off of Coogan's Bluff (1968). See more »

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Late in the film, one of the villains says "your big...fat...rear!" But his lips are clearly saying "arse". See more »

Quotes

Brannigan: Kinda strange, having a couple of cops advise you on what's in your client's best interest.
Mel Fields: Knock it off, Brannigan. If Larkin's friends in Chicago find out I'm in bed with the Yard, they'll part my hair with a blowtorch!
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Several of the actors who played minor parts are listed by actor's name in the opening titles but are not listed by actor's name and character's name in the closing credits. See more »

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Let the Sunshine In
Music by Galt MacDermot
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good old-fashioned no-brainer fun
24 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This movie has less depth than Paris Hilton. It's basically a very old John Wayne going to Britain and kicking butt just the same way he's done it in dozens of previous films. BUT, on that level, it is a very good and enjoyable film. In particular, the film had wonderful "Dirty Harry-like" lines and a dark sense of humor. In fact, I half expected him to say "make my day"--it was so much like an Eastwood film. And, the film was much better than Wayne's previous attempt to knock off Dirty Harry in MCQ. So, provided you can also turn off all sense of disbelief (after all, Wayne was WAY TOO OLD FOR THE PART), you can enjoy it much the same way you'd enjoy one of his older flicks such as THE FLYING TIGERS or THE FIGHTING SEA BEES. In other words, this is a 70s version of an old Republic Pictures action film--with a few updates to reflect the times (such as Wayne being saddled with a "dame" for a partner). Overall, if you hate John Wayne films then I'm sure you'll hate this one and if you like him, this film won't disappoint. It's just good old-fashioned fun!

By the way, according to Robert Osborne on Turner Classic Movies, John Wayne was offered the role of Dirty Harry BEFORE it was given to Eastwood! You could tell Wayne wished he had taken the part since he soon went on to make his own variations on the genre.


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