Browsing the archives for the Crime tag

Sudden Impact (1983)

Country: United States Director: Clint Eastwood Starring: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman, Albert Popwell Music: Lalo Schifrin I am sure that I do not have to introduce the character of Dirty Harry Callahan. Sudden Impact was the fourth film in the Dirty Harry series, preceded by Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, and The [...]

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The Bodyguard (1973 / 1976)

Country: Japan Starring: Sonny Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi, Aaron Banks, Judy Lee, Bill Louie Director: Tatsuichi Takamori (1973) Director: Simon Nuchtern (1976) Cinematographer: Joel Shapiro Music: Maurice Sarli Producer: Susumu Yoshikawa (1973) Producer: Terry Levene (1976) AKA: Chiba The Bodyguard, Viva Chiba Original Title: Karate Kiba Sometimes in this day and age it is easy to [...]

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Payback

Director: Brian Helgeland (and reshoots by John Myhre) Starring: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello, James Coburn, Kris Kristoferson, Willaim Devane, Bill Duke, Lucy Liu, David Paymer, Deborah Kara Unger, Jack Conley Music: Chris Boardman Based on the novel ‘The Hunter’ by Donald E. Westlake (under the pseudonym Richard Stark). The book, The Hunter on [...]

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Le Doulos

Like any film fanatic I have a huge mountain of films that I need to watch. I have a stack of Spaghetti Westerns that I haven’t even gotten close to, along with piles of Eurocrime, Eurospy and Eurosleaze films that are all crying out to be reviewed. I try, but a man can only squeeze [...]

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McGrave

Author: Lee Goldberg Publisher: Adventures in Television Published: February 2012 McGrave is a quick fire novella from Lee Goldberg, based on a pilot script for a television show, which never eventuated. And its humble beginnings are very evident as you read it. It is written in present tense as a script would be, and the [...]

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Hurricane Smith (1992)

Country: Australia / United States Director: Colin Budds Starring: Carl Weathers, Jürgen Prochnow, Cassandra Delaney, Tony Bonner, David Argue, John Ewart Music: Brian May When Hurricane Smith was released in the early 1990s, I didn’t realise it was an Australian film – so I didn’t bother with it – figuring I would catch it at [...]

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Oasis of Fear (1971)

Country: Italy Director: Umberto Lenzi Starring: Ray Lovelock. Ornella Muti, Irene Papas, Michel Bardinet, Jacques Stany, Umberto Raho, Antonio Mellino Music: Bruno Lauzi, Claudio Fabi AKA: Dirty Pictures, An Ideal Place to Kill Original Title: Un posto ideale per uccidere On multiple occasions I have extolled the virtues of the movie Flash Gordon, starring Sam [...]

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She Shoots Straight (1990)

Country: Hong Kong Starring: Joyce Godenzi, Tony Leung, Carmina Lau, Wah Yuen, Anglie Leung, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue Pik-Wan Tang, Sarah Lee, Agnes Aurelio, Sammo Hung Screenplay: Cory Yuen, Barry Wong Director: Cory Yuen Cinematography: Moon-Tong Lau, Chi Ming Leung Music: Lowell Lo Producers: Lenard Ho, Sammo Hung Original Title: Huang jia nu jiang For [...]

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The Executioner II: Karate Inferno (1974)

Country: Japan Director: Teruo Ishii Starring: Sonny Chiba, Eiji Gô, Yutaka Nakajima, Etsuko Shihomi, Kanjûrô Arashi, Ryô Ikebe, Tetsurô Tanba, Makoto Satô Music: Hajime Kaburagi Original Title: Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten The Executioner II: Karate Inferno is a broad comedic caper film, with a pinch of extreme violence added at the end (which may be somewhat [...]

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Hunter Will Get You (1976)

Country: France Director: Philipe Labro Starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Jean Negroni, Patrick Fierry, Jean-Pierre Jorris, Victor Garrivier Music: Michel Columbier Original Title: L’Alpagueur One of the first movies I ever ordered from France, was L’Apagueur starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. I was going through a Belmondo phase at the time and wanted to get hold of [...]

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