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The Hold Up (1972)

Not Rated | | Short, Crime, Drama
Three men, laid off from their factory jobs, plan a gas station robbery.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Abel Ferrara, Nicholas St. John (as Nicodemo Oliverio)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ken Fowler Ken Fowler ... Johnny
Mary Kane Mary Kane ... Johnny's Wife
Robert G. Denison Robert G. Denison ... Bob (as Robert Denison)
Joe Guida Joe Guida ... Joe
Joseph Capecchi Joseph Capecchi ... Factory Owner
John Paul McIntyre John Paul McIntyre ... Gas Station Attendant (as J. Paul McIntire)
Chris Daviantes Chris Daviantes ... Co-worker
Jonathan Mack Jonathan Mack
Ken Wilson Ken Wilson
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Three men, laid off from their factory jobs, plan a gas station robbery.

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Short | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$1,500 (estimated)
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ferrara's Second
26 June 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hold Up, The (1972)

** (out of 4)

Ferrara's second film tells the story of three friends who get laid off from a local factory. With wives at home and kids, the men decide to hold up a gas station to try and make extra money. This short runs a brief 14-minutes but there are bits and pieces where you can see future touches by the director. I think where we really see the director come to life is during the robbery, which is pretty dark, well shot and features some violence you might not see coming (nothing graphic, just a beating). Another nice touch was how the ending was handled but I certainly won't ruin it for anyone. Considering the extra-small budget and the fact that the director filmed this with a bunch of neighbors you really can't expect too much. There are a few nice touches here and there but this here is mainly going to appeal to fans of Ferrara who must see everything he's done.


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