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St. Ives (1976)

A crime novelist is hired by a shady character to negotiate the return of stolen confidential documents.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Ross Thomas (novel) (as Oliver Bleeck), Barry Beckerman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Raymond St Ives
John Houseman ... Abner Procane
Jacqueline Bisset ... Janet Whistler
Maximilian Schell ... Dr. John Constable
Harry Guardino ... Det. Frank Deal
Harris Yulin ... Det. Carl Oller
Dana Elcar ... Lt. Charles Blunt
Michael Lerner ... Myron Green
George Memmoli ... Shippo
Dick O'Neill ... Hesh
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Eddie (as Elisha Cook)
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Chasman
Val Bisoglio ... Finley Cummins
Burr DeBenning ... Officer Fran (as Burr De Benning)
Daniel J. Travanti ... Johnny Parisi
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Storyline

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 Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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He's clean. He's mean. He's the go-between. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1976 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

St. Ives' Last Score See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Wider Screenings" has called this movie a "detective film noir homage", which "features a dense detective plot in the manner of classic 1940s film noir private eye stories." See more »

Goofs

When Charlie drives St. Ives home from the hospital, the same street pattern repeats itself. A store sign for "Newman's" goes by several times. See more »

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Features The Big Parade (1925) See more »

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Nice change of pace, great fun for any true Bronson-fan!
14 June 2005 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

I've been a big Bronson-fan for as long as I can remember, and I saw "St. Ives" on TV some years back and was always left with the impression that it was sorta dull, all though offering a nice change of pace for old Charlie. Now out on DVD I still had to order it though, as I pride myself on having *every* Bronson-film available in my collection. I am really happy to say that watching it again was a really wonderful surprise! I'll blame my stupid youth for not appreciating this movie as much back in my late teens because "St. Ives" isn't dull. Sure, it doesn't include all the normal action scenes one has come to expect from a Bronson picture, but it includes just about everything else lacking in his later action movies: great wit, humor, style and unexpected plot-twists and turns right up until the very end! To top it all off it is one of the best scored Bronson-films, with a wonderful soundtrack by Lalo Schifrin. Oh and just so you know; despite the low amount of action scenes, the body count DOES get alarmingly high before the end credits.

It also has a truly excellent cast supporting Bronson. To mention a few: Academy Award winning veteran John Houseman, one of the sexiest stars of the 1970's Jacqueline Bisset, Dana Elcar (Pete Thornton in "MacGyver"), Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell, the lovable Elisha Cook Jr, Michael Lerner, Dick O'Neill (Sharon Gless' memorable dad Charlie in "Cagney & Lacey"), Daniel J. Travanti (the star of "Hill St. Blues") and my favorite supports, the wonderful character actors Harry Guardino and Harris Yulin as police detectives. On top of this you get young versions of Robert Englund and Jeff Goldblum as hoods fighting it out with Charlie!

I also found myself laughing more than I normally do watching Bronson-movies, as "St. Ives" has several funny moments. My favorite one probably being the dinner/confrontation scene with Val Bisoglio.

If you are a *true* Bronson-fan you'll really enjoy old Charlie in this one!


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