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James Hatcher embezzles ten million dollars from a joint mafia and C.I.A. operation, leaving them squabbling with each other. Unemployed Lewis Kinney gets caught up in the intrigue, and must try to recover the money, while saving the beautiful Lise Hatcher (hopefully for himself).Written by
The film originally began principal photography in July 1979. Once the filmmakers delivered the first cut, re-shoots were held in early 1981. A version of the film debuted in Europe throughout 1982. U.S. distributor New World acquired the film and significantly re-edited the picture by removing a lot of the comedy before debuting it in August 1984. In addition to editing, New World replaced the original score by John Addison with a more suspenseful score by Christopher Young. See more »
The 1984 New World Pictures theatrical version was a re-edited film completed in Los Angeles because the original cut had such a confusing plot that audiences couldn't follow it. This version is present on the 1985 Embassy VHS release. See more »
Obscure Canadian comedy (belatedly released in 1984 after sitting in the canister since 1980) with Harris as a mild mannered accountant who inadvertently saves the life of drunken Beverly D'Angelo, resulting in being employed by the family matriarch (Reid) to manage their ill-gotten gains. Meanwhile, estranged brother and former heir to the fortune (Plummer) is desperate to get his hands on the stash, as are two hoodlums (Chaykin and Rubinek) working for mobster Peter Donat, and the CIA (Gammell).
Some amazing car chases and a rousing finale atop Toronto's Needlepoint tower (hence the title) are action bookends to what is an engaging, humorous and action-filled 85 minutes. The stunt-work is addictive and enough itself to warrant another viewing (particularly the nail-biting climax).
Chaykin and Rubinek make a likable pair of nitwit goons, and the appearance of Harris, Plummer and D'Angelo lend a certain prestige that can't easily be ignored. Not especially sophisticated in its humour (largely slapstick and situational), "Highpoint" earns a laugh or two without pretense or self indulgence and I found it highly entertaining. Arguably Harris' best of a bad lot during the eighties, if that's a useful benchmark.
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