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The Domino Principle (1977)

A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organization.

Director:

Stanley Kramer

Writers:

Adam Kennedy (novel), Adam Kennedy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Tucker
Candice Bergen ... Ellie
Richard Widmark ... Tagge
Mickey Rooney ... Spiventa
Edward Albert ... Ross Pine - a member of the organization
Eli Wallach ... General Reser
Ken Swofford ... Ditcher
Neva Patterson ... Gaddis
Jay Novello ... Captain Ruiz
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Bowkemp (as Joseph Perry)
Ted Gehring ... Schnaible
Claire Brennen Claire Brennen ... Ruby (as Claire Brennan)
George Fisher ... Henemyer
Bob Herron ... Brookshire
Denver Mattson ... Murdock
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Storyline

Tucker is a chronic underachiever and a loser. A Vietnam war veteran who just can't seem to keep out of trouble, in the years since his discharge. The only thing he got out of the war was his skill with a rifle. Now, serving a long stretch in prison for murder, he has hit rock-bottom. But one day a man in a three-piece suit visits him in prison, a man he has never seen before, and informs him that he can walk out of prison a free man if he will shoot someone for them, no questions asked. Written by Strelnikoff

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Taglines:

Trust no one. No one.

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1977 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Domino Komplott See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Prison scenes were planned to be filmed at Stateville Prison near Chicago, but the warden rejected filming there for security reasons. See more »

Goofs

The bread truck carrying Tucker and Spiventa is shown driving across the Golden Gate Bridge in the southbound direction from Marin County to San Francisco. The very next scene, however, in which the prisoners are escorted out of the truck, clearly takes place under the roadway back on the Marin side of the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Tucker: Tell me one thing
Tagge: Go ahead
Tucker: Is it over?
Tagge: I don't know. The bigger the stink, the more there is to cover up. And the man who worries the most is the man who gave the original order. If he panics, the domino starts to fall.
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Some Day Soon
Lyrics by Harry Shannon
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Sung by Shirley Eikhard
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Stupid title – a few great scenes – a brilliant Rooney
7 January 2008 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

First I bought The Butterfly Effect, now The Domino Principle. In both movies the title makes a promise which is not kept in the least. The metaphor signifying that one falling stone brings all the others down has nothing to do with the story. The main character is rather a pawn in a game of chess, with no will of its own and part of an unknown scheme concocted by the player. Unfortunately the viewers do not learn much about the scheme either and everything simmers down to blind anti-government paranoia.

The acting is better than the story, and there are a few great helicopter scenes. This is possibly the last time Richard Widmark used his insane Tommy Udo laughter in a movie. Eli Wallach has not enough screen time to be more than reliable. One of the reasons to watch this is Mickey Rooney. His performance is a sheer delight. He plays Gene Hackman's sidekick in prison and steals every scene he's in. What a great character actor this former child star became!

For the opening credits of this movie they seem to have used several childhood photos of Gene Hackman, apart from a number of dominoes.


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