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At the instigation of a grieving father, a Los Angeles cop investigates the suspicious circumstances of a girl's apparent suicide.

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Robert Aldrich

Writer:

Steve Shagan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Lt. Phil Gaines
Catherine Deneuve ... Nicole Britton
Ben Johnson ... Marty Hollinger
Paul Winfield ... Sgt. Louis Belgrave
Eileen Brennan ... Paula Hollinger
Eddie Albert ... Leo Sellers
Ernest Borgnine ... Santoro
Catherine Bach ... Peggy Summers
Jack Carter ... Herbie Dalitz
James Hampton ... Bus Driver
Colleen Brennan ... Gloria Hollinger (as Sharon Kelly)
Chuck Hayward ... Morgue Attendant
David Estridge David Estridge ... Albino
Peter Brandon Peter Brandon ... Minister
David Spielberg ... Jerry Bellamy
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Storyline

Phil Gaines is a bitter, cynical cop who investigates the case of a dead stripper/porno actress found on the beach. Gaines is experiencing a troubled relationship with a hooker, and things don't get any better when the dead girl's father launches his own investigation. Written by Kristian Krokfoss <krokus@online.no>

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She's the call girl. He's the cop. They both take their jobs seriously. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All the Other Angels See more »

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Budget:

$3,050,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Burt Reynolds received top billing on this movie, Catherine Deneuve received second billing. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Phil Gaines: Don't you know where you live, Marty? Can't you smell the bananas? You know what country you live in? You live in Guatamala with color television.
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Thoughtfully moody modern noir
15 July 2005 | by LewisJForceSee all my reviews

'Hustle' is an overlooked film, though it is easy to see why.

Stylistically it is very low-key with no notable flourishes or tricksiness. It boasts little in the way of 'action'. A hostage situation sequence seems to have been added purely to provide something in that line for fidgety Burt fans. It is profoundly cynical and resolutely (almost excessively) downbeat. But it is also very thoughtful, atmospheric, well acted and absorbing. A kind of modern dress companion piece to 'Chinatown'. And whilst not quite achieving the force and subtlety of that film, it remains highly creditable.

Reynolds is effective as the world weary cop in love with a French prostitute, a cipher whom Deneuve turns into a real person. Her character represents some sort of unattainable, glamorous continental dream to the policeman. This idea is explored and reinforced by numerous references and allusions to European cinema, culture and locale.

Burt looks uncannily like a youthful Brando and brings great restraint to a role which could have been horribly over-played. Ben Johnson, Eileen Brennan and Paul Winfield also all give good performances as beaten, screwed-up people. The outstanding turn, though, comes from Edward Albert as Leo Sellers, a wealthy and powerful businessman with dubious tastes and connections. This character is key to Steve Shagan's screenplay in the same way that John Huston's Noah Cross was to Robert Towne's 'Chinatown'. A persona symbolic of corruption and degeneracy, but also integral to the prosperity of the society he is such a part of. Sellers is a refined, intelligent man with a keen eye for people's weak spots and fingers deft enough to push all of their buttons at once. Mr. Albert brings him to life with a palpable evil.

'Hustle' is a film that I like to reacquaint myself with from time to time. Whilst Shagan's script is occasionally a tad overblown and too fruity for its own good, there are some great lines and moments. For me, it's noirish exploration of thwarted romanticism is pretty much irresistible.

A minor classic.


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