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A retired safe cracker is recruited by a young conman to return to the "business" for a million dollar heist.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)

Writers:

Paul Costello (screenplay), Paul Costello (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Van Cleef ... Chris Gretchko / Ray Sloan
Karen Black ... Clarisse Saunders
Edward Albert ... Jeff Olafsen
Lionel Stander ... Sam
Robert Alda ... Captain Donati
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Inspector
Antonella Murgia Antonella Murgia ... Jessica
Peter Carsten ... Van Stratten
Dan van Husen ... Hans (as Rudolf van Husen)
Dyane Silverstein Dyane Silverstein ... Cashier
Steven Burch Steven Burch ... Fred (as Steve Burche)
Ron Van Clief ... Duke
Bob Hevelone Bob Hevelone ... Lieutenant (as Bob Avalone)
Roy Brocksmith ... Warehouse Owner
Ewald G. Spader Ewald G. Spader ... Electrician
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Storyline

Lee Van Cleef is a safe cracker coming out of retirement to pull off one last caper. The Germans behind the theft are planning to steal $1,000,000. But unbeknownst to the safe cracker, they are planning to kill him afterward. When he learns of their intent, he begins plotting his revenge. Written by Yocke

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The place was New York City. The rip-off was worth six million in diamonds. The double-cross was worth more lives than you can count! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Diamond Thieves See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dritte Centama Gmbtl. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The thug's hand alternates between Jeff's throat and shoulder between shots, right after Jeff is bailed out of jail. See more »

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Great series of twists at the end
18 September 2006 | by udar55See all my reviews

This Italian produced, NYC lensed heist picture is actually quite entertaining with a few nice twists. Retired safe cracker Chris Gretchko (Lee Van Cleef) is lured to a job by the son (Edward Albert) of an ex-buddy. He flies to NYC and finds out he will be lifting $1 million in diamonds for a shady German group. It all goes smoothly until he learns that the group has plans to kill the second he has the safe open. Directed by Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony Dawson), this flick benefits from a clever script, great performances and evocative locations in New York. Van Cleef is his usual gruff self and he plays most scenes off Albert or hippie chick/life saver Karen Black. Lionel Stander appears as Gretchko's old-time fence. Supporting roles include Peter Carsten as the German mob boss, Ron Van Clief as some karate chopping muscle and soon to be character actor Roy Brocksmith (the bald, fat guy from TOTAL RECALL) as the guy who gets ripped off.


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