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The Squeeze (1977)

R | | Crime, Drama | 20 March 1977 (UK)
A dangerous, violent gang kidnaps a woman and her daughter to extort some money from her rich husband. He and her down-on-his-luck ex-cop ex-husband decide to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Leon Griffiths (screenplay), James Tucker (novel) (as David Craig)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Jim Naboth
David Hemmings ... Keith
Edward Fox ... Foreman
Stephen Boyd ... Vic
Carol White ... Jill
Freddie Starr ... Teddy
Hilary Gasson Hilary Gasson ... Barbara
Rod Beacham Rod Beacham ... Doctor Jenkins
Stewart Harwood Stewart Harwood ... Des
Alan Ford ... Taff
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ... Barry
Leon Greene ... Commissionaire
Maureen Sweeney ... Sauna Receptionist
Lucinda Duckett Lucinda Duckett ... Sharon
Alison Portes Alison Portes ... Christine
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Storyline

This Michael Apted-directed crime melodrama features Stacy Keach as Jim Naboth, a Scotland Yard cop on the skids, suffering from depression and alcoholism. He is summoned by Foreman (Edward Fox), a British security expert whose wife Jill (Carol White) and daughter are being held hostages by kidnappers until Foreman pays the crooks a million-dollar-plus ransom. Jim has to marshal his forces and regain his clarity to save Foreman's family. The pressure is even more intense for Jim, since Foreman's wife, Jill also happens to be his former spouse. Written by lament

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1977 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Abominável Extorsão See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Squeeze (1977) was the first ever cinema thriller movie directed by British director Michael Apted. Apted would later go on to direct several other thrillers such as Enigma (2001), Enough (2002), Blink (1993), Thunderheart (1992), Gorky Park (1983), Class Action (1991), Extreme Measures (1996) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). See more »

Goofs

Green Mini seen parked in the robbery zone mysteriously vanishes after the motorcycle cop is shot before the robbers getaway with their loot. See more »

Quotes

Jim Naboth: Would you mind if I sit down Vic?
Vic: Oh I don't know, you wiped your arse lately?
Taff: I wouldn't have thought so, not by the state of his underpants!
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Soundtracks

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Performed by The Doobie Brothers
Music and lyrics by Tom Johnston
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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It's brandy. It's medicinal
19 November 2009 | by Ali_John_CatterallSee all my reviews

Stacy Keach. David Hemmings. Edward Fox. Stephen Boyd. Carol White. And Freddie Starr. Made in 1977 by Michael Apted, they rarely show films like The Squeeze on telly anymore and at time of writing, it's yet to even receive a DVD release. And this is outrageous really because, grim and seedy as you like, it remains one of the most underrated and authentic Brit-crime thrillers to ever leave its grubby prints on the screen.

A large part of that authenticity lies with its gritty locations: a cigarette smoke-fugged London Underground, dismal pubs and Soho 'massage parlours', and a pre-gentrified Battersea and Clapham, vividly portrayed in birds-eye view. Familiar currency to a certain iconic 1970s British cop show...


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