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The Domino Principle (1977)

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (novel), Adam Kennedy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Tucker
Candice Bergen ... Ellie
Richard Widmark ... Tagge
Mickey Rooney ... Spiventa
Edward Albert ... Ross Pine - a member of the organization
Eli Wallach ... General Reser
Ken Swofford ... Ditcher
Neva Patterson ... Gaddis
Jay Novello ... Captain Ruiz
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Bowkemp (as Joseph Perry)
Ted Gehring ... Schnaible
Claire Brennen Claire Brennen ... Ruby (as Claire Brennan)
George Fisher ... Henemyer
Bob Herron ... Brookshire
Denver Mattson ... Murdock
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Storyline

Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was his skill with a rifle. Now, serving a long stretch in prison for murder, he has hit rock-bottom. But one day a man in a three-piece suit visits him in prison, a man he has never seen before, and informs him that he can walk out of prison a free man if he will shoot someone for them, no questions asked. Written by Strelnikoff

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Trust no one. No one.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Domino Komplott See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fifth and final collaboration of cinematographer Ernest Laszlo and producer-director Stanley Kramer. Their earlier films, all made during the 1960s, had been Ship of Fools (1965), Inherit the Wind (1960), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). See more »

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The bread truck carrying Tucker and Spiventa is shown driving across the Golden Gate Bridge in the southbound direction from Marin County to San Francisco. The very next scene, however, in which the prisoners are escorted out of the truck, clearly takes place under the roadway back on the Marin side of the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Tucker: Tell me one thing
Tagge: Go ahead
Tucker: Is it over?
Tagge: I don't know. The bigger the stink, the more there is to cover up. And the man who worries the most is the man who gave the original order. If he panics, the domino starts to fall.
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No Puedo Olvidar
Lyrics by Orlando Peres
Music by Billy Goldenberg
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Part of a Paranoiac Triple Threat
13 April 2007 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

The odd man out (in quality), Stanley Kramer's The Domino Principle taps into the some of the same paranoiac conspiracy gunk that glops up our thinking to this day, and drives the same ground as The Parallax View, Executive Action, Enemy of the State, JFK, etc.

Should I go on?

And yet, I remember enjoying the book and the movie, not only because I was one of the unwashed masses way back when, believing in anything conspiratorial, but because it seemed out of the norm. I was raised on TV cop dramas, where everything was wrapped up in 52 minutes and I could count the times the bad guys won on one hand.

I won't give enough away to have to mark the spoiler box, but The Domino Principle, headed by Gene Hackman and followed by a really strong cast, has bad guys fighting worse guys--a concept foreign to my prime time sensibilities.

I remember liking the movie, but after thirty years, I'll be lying if I told you I can remember much about it.

With that in mind, I'd say rent it--if you can find it--and throw in Parallax and Executive for a triple-header of evil industrialists, mind-controllers, and sad, little heroes trying to avoid getting squashed.

Then return to the real world and repeat the following:

"Oswald acted alone."


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