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The Amsterdam Kill (1977)

Former DEA Agent Quinlan, removed from the force some years earlier for stealing confiscated drug money, is hired by Chung Wei, a leader in the Amsterdam drug cartel, who wants out of the ... See full summary »

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Robert Clouse

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Robert Clouse, Gregory Teifer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Larry Quinlan
Richard Egan ... Ridgeway
Leslie Nielsen ... Riley Knight
Bradford Dillman ... Howard Odums
Keye Luke ... Chung Wei
George Cheung ... Jimmy Wong
Sing Chen
Stephen Leung Stephen Leung
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... [Extra]
Ching-Ying Lam
Biao Yuen
Wah Yuen
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Storyline

Former DEA Agent Quinlan, removed from the force some years earlier for stealing confiscated drug money, is hired by Chung Wei, a leader in the Amsterdam drug cartel, who wants out of the business. Quinlan's job is to use Chung's information to tip DEA agents to drug busts, thereby destroying the cartel. But when the first two "tips" go awry, resulting in murdered DEA officers, the feds must decide whether to trust Quinlan further... Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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The meanest Mitchum movie yet! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

26 December 1977 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Amsterdam Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When shooting was going on (at least in Golden Harvest's Hong Kong studios) the film had two working titles -- 'Kill Him in Amsterdam' and 'The Amsterdam Killing'. See more »

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Another Battle In The Never Ending Drug War
8 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Mitchum was not terribly proud of The Amsterdam Kill, it was another of those films he did for the money and an all expense paid vacation to both Hong Kong and Amsterdam where the action switches back and forth. It's a cheaply made action thriller with not a whole lot going for it other than some good cast names.

The film was directed by one Robert Clouse whose main experience is from directing martial arts action features. The Amsterdam Kill was produced by a Hong Kong syndicate who kind of operated on the fly so to speak.

Keye Luke is a big Chinese drug lord operating in Amsterdam and he comes to former DEA agent Mitchum with a proposition. He wants out and for a nice financial consideration is willing to rat out his competitors. Nice business to be in. Mitchum left the DEA under cloudy circumstances and they reluctantly go for his deal.

But when things don't work out and bodies start turning up, especially when several DEA agents are killed, but Mitchum's left unscathed deliberately, there's no doubt a rat in the ratting out operation. But who can it be?

Some of the others involved in this testosterone film are Bradford Dillman, Richard Egan, Leslie Nielsen, and George Cheung. Mitchum's main complaint was he and Cheung having to do a dip in the dirty canals of Amsterdam, no stunt doubles because he has some dialog as he and Cheung climb out of a car that had to go in the drink. He was sixty years old and understandably afraid of God knows what he might catch. Katharine Hepburn went into the Venetian canals in Summertime, but that was an accident that David Lean kept in the film.

As Mitchum said of himself that the folks in Hollywood thought that that bum Mitchum would do just about anything.


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