Sunday, August 24, 2008
Review by 42nd Street Pete
1976, Directed by J. Lee Thompson. Starring Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset, & Harry Guardino Released by Warner Brothers
Charles Bronson was the action star of the 70's. After Death Wish, anything with Bronson was a guaranteed seller. This one, however was a departure from the ass kicking CB. Here he played ex crime reporter Raymond St Ives, a guy with a taste for gambling and misadventure. He is drawn into a web of mystery by John Houseman, who retains his services as a go in between to get back some documents that were stolen. This gets a price put on St Ives's head.
This is a great mystery thriller that harkens back to the days of The Maltese Falcon. John Houseman steals the show as Oliver Procane, a sinister criminal who's plans for a heist are stolen. Plenty of twists & turns in this one. Look for a young Robert Englund & Jeff Goldblum as a couple of hired thugs.