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Firepower (1979)

A merc is hired by the FBI to track down a powerful recluse criminal. A woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.

Director:

Michael Winner

Writers:

Gerald Wilson (screenplay), Bill Kerby (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophia Loren ... Adele Tasca
James Coburn ... Jerry Fanon / Eddie
O.J. Simpson ... Catlett
Eli Wallach ... Sal Hyman
Anthony Franciosa ... Dr. Charles Félix
George Grizzard ... Leo Gelhorn
Vincent Gardenia ... Frank Hull
Fred Stuthman ... Paul Halpin
Richard Caldicot ... Harry Calman
Frank Singuineau Frank Singuineau ... Manley Reckford
George Touliatos ... Karl Stegner
Hank Garrett ... Oscar Bailey
Conrad Roberts ... Lestor Wallace
Billy Barty ... Dominic Carbone
Jake LaMotta ... Nickel Sam
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A merc is hired by the FBI to track down a powerful recluse criminal. A woman is also trying to track him down for her own personal vendetta.

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. . . when crime and passion mix! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Power See more »

Filming Locations:

Key Largo, Florida, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Charles Bronson was considered for the role that eventually went to James Coburn. Rumors had it that Bronson turned the film down because the producers had refused to write in a role for his wife, Jill Ireland. With much of the pre-production crew already on location in the Caribbean, Lew Grade wanted to shut down the production when Bronson pulled out. Realizing how much money he had already sunk into a film that had not properly secured its star actors, Grade saved face by moving ahead using Coburn as a replacement for Bronson. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was originally released theatrically in the UK with an uncut 'AA' (15) certificate and later reissued as an 'A' (PG) with cuts to some of the bloodier shootings, shots of men on fire, a wire strangling and a brief shot of a topless woman. The 1986 video was upgraded to a 15 certificate and restored the later cinema edits though 15 secs were cut from a cockfighting scene. See more »

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Referenced in The Exterminator (1980) See more »

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A lot of fire but very little power...
20 September 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Sophia Loren sees her husband's chemist lab blown to smithereens with him inside; turns out he was murdered after threatening to expose a case of contaminated pharmaceuticals that cause cancer to anyone taking them. She goes to the FBI, whose top operative hopes to lure bounty hunter/hit man James Coburn out of retirement to bring in a reclusive, crooked billionaire, while Sophia wants him to help avenge her husband's death; she may also have known Coburn intimately at one time...or is that his twin brother she once romanced? Director Michael Winner isn't very adept at working with actors, and yet at this point in his career he became very popular with passed-their-prime talents still looking to make a buck. Nobody involved in "Firepower" comes off looking good, particularly a bloat-bellied Coburn. Busy film jets across the globe in search of new plot points, but all of its action is stodgy or stilted. Too bad, this cast in these exotic locations might have made for a delicious, tawdry action-flick. Unfortunately, Winner (who also co-originated the story) doesn't have a sense of his own absurdity, and shows a robotic sense of humor. *1/2 from ****


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