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Love and Bullets (1979)

PG | | Action, Crime, Drama | March 1979 (UK)
Arizona cop is sent to Switzerland to bring in the girlfriend of a dangerous mobster so she can testify against him. The mobster sends someone too - assassins.

Directors:

Stuart Rosenberg, John Huston (uncredited)

Writers:

Wendell Mayes (story), Wendell Mayes | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Charlie Congers
Jill Ireland ... Jackie Pruit
Rod Steiger ... Joe Bomposa
Henry Silva ... Vittorio Farroni
Strother Martin ... Louis Monk
Bradford Dillman ... Brickman
Michael V. Gazzo ... Lobo
Paul Koslo ... Huntz
Val Avery ... Caruso
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Cook (as Sam Chew)
Billy Gray ... Officer Durant (as William Gray)
Jerome Thor Jerome Thor ... Senator
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Coroner
Albert Salmi ... Andy Minton
John Hallam ... Cerutti
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Storyline

Phoenix cop Charlie Congers develops a personal hatred for mob boss Joe Bomposa. Congers sees the devastating effects of Bomposa's drug trade on the community. He thinks it's his duty to personally go after Bomposa who's protected by an army of lawyers, money and political power. Often charged but never indicted for any offense, Bomposa continues his illegal activities. But out of the blue an opportunity presents itself when Bomposa's girlfriend, ditsy blonde Jackie Pruit, is called to testify before a Senate investigation committee. Despite Miss' Pruit unwillingness to co-operate with the Senate investigators, Joe Bomposa grows worried that she might talk to the cops, after all. His mobster friends and his lawyer advise him to send her away in Switzerland, on a vacation, far from the Senate investigators. However, when they get information that FBI agents are after her, they decide to contract a hit-man to have her killed in Switzerland. Not having a mandate to operate on Swiss soil,... Written by nufs68

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It's a thin line between justice and vengeance See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and Bullets, Charlie See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Pre-publicity advertisements for this picture in trade paper 'Variety' advertised the fact that this movie was being directed by John Huston. Director Stuart Rosenberg then replaced John Huston as director. Some scenes for the movie were apparently actually directed by Huston but reportedly he left the picture after having creative differences with the picture's producers. See more »

Quotes

[During the trial about Joe Bomposa]
Senator: Why did he pay your rent, your trips, buy your clothes?
Jackie Pruit: Because I'm the best lay... dy in town!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 1 min 24 secs to remove a gunshot impact and to heavily edit the scene where Charlie makes nail darts for a homemade blowpipe. The cuts were restored in the 2000 Widescreen release. See more »


Soundtracks

Stand By Your Man
Written by Billy Sherrill and Tammy Wynette
Performed by Tammy Wynette
Courtesy of Epic Records
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As the 70s drew to a close
22 March 2009 | by jéwéSee all my reviews

I like Charles Bronson. In some film fan circles this is considered a crime, but I've learned to live with it. Ánd then there is "Love and Bullets". Considering the production values this must have been a major release in it's day. And watching the trailer you could guess why people went to the cinema for it. Seeing it in the day and age of Jason Bourne is a different story: A crook is on the phone. He calls his boss who is outside. We hear the phone ring, the boss hears it, walks into the house and after an excruciating long period of time reaches the phone. In a Matt Damon outing this scene would probably take 15 seconds, even if he had to use the 1979 model of a phone used here. Look at the geographical distance covered in the film. Bourne, Bond or any given thriller hero might cover this mileage in 2 minutes. Bronson takes about an hour. He walks, he sleeps and has to deal with Mrs Jill Bronson again. And as I've said before: she was an acting disaster. I hope their marriage was okay, she nearly ruined some Bronson movies all by herself. Lalo Schifrin's music is intriguing, but the very short motive is overused a zillion different times. But overall Charlie is okay, Rod Steiger is ridiculous (but hopefully on purpose), the scenery helps and the final scene makes you smile as you do in most classic Bronson outings. And as opposed to other reviewers: it is on DVD and has been for a long, long time through Carlton Entertainment in Europe. Sound of outdoor scenes is awful. All in all, this was the last big budget film for Bronson. It should have been slightly better. It could have been.


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