Abner Procane, top Los Angeles burglar, finds that somebody stole his plans for his next ambitious heist. He hires Raymond St. Ives, crime books writer, to negotiate the return of those documents.Written by
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This movie's MacGuffin are some stolen papers, documents, plans, and ledgers, which are owned by Abner Procane (John Houseman). Interestingly, a few years before this movie was made, Houseman appeared in the The Paper Chase (1973), in which he won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Academy Award. Charles Bronson's mission in this picture is to recover these papers, his charge being a kind of "paper chase" in a sense. See more »
At the drive-in, a western is being shown. The same stampede sequence loops over and over, sometimes even in the same shot. See more »
I'm not sure why Charles Bronson chose to star in "St. Ives" during the peak period of his career, since it's far from the tough guy roles that made him famous. Maybe he liked the promised change of pace. I do admit that Bronson is fine in the title role, more of a troubleshooter and go- between instead of a violent individual. Unfortunately, he is surrounded by material that's kind of lacklustre. The movie as a whole lacks edge. I know this is more of a mystery than an action exercise, but a little more action would have sparked things up considerably. It doesn't help that director J. Lee Thompson makes the entire movie look and feel more like a made for television exercise rather than a theatrical movie. This isn't actively awful, but I would only recommend it to die hard Bronson fans.
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