An idealistic rookie cop joins the L.A.P.D. to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
George C. Scott,
An accidental nerve gas leak by the military kills not only a rancher's livestock, but also his son. When he tries to hold the military accountable for their actions, he runs up against a wall of silence.
George C. Scott
George C. Scott,
A former getaway driver from Chicago (George C. Scott) has retired to a peaceful life in a Portuguese fishing village. He is asked to pull off one last job, involving driving a dangerous crook and his girl-friend to France. However, the job turns out to be a double-cross and the trio are pursued back to Portugal where they make one last stand on the coast while the enemy assassins attempt to gun them down.Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
Harry's car is a rare 1956 BMW 503 convertible. It has an eight-cylinder engine and rather sluggish handling, unlike most BMWs. Just 129 convertibles were made and this may be the only one ever featured prominently in a movie. See more »
Tony Musante's hair goes from short to long several times during the film. This is because he keeps taking of the curly wig he is supposed to be wearing as a disguise. See more »
You are driving again for criminals.
I'm driving again for me... Because I'm getting ready to die sitting down here. I'm driving again... to see if my nerves and my brain are still connected.
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A really excellent film, written by the wonderful and neglected Alan Sharp (see Night Moves). Scott is great and in an era of endless explosions and car chases, this is a welcome, intelligent relief.
Richard Fleisher did several good early noir films before his late career as a hack TV director. Also, this background reminds one of Frears film The Hit. (or is it The Last Hit?)...anyway,the writing is first rate, as always with Sharp and the characters quite memorable. Why is it so overlooked? This is the kind of genre piece that simply doesn't get made anymore. All performances are solid --- and I also have to wonder at the career of Richard Fleisher. From something as good as this, to his late work will remain a filmic enigma.
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