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WILLIAM LUCAS RISKS ENGLAND'S BIG FREEZE IN 'CALCULATED RISK'

William Lucas smokes in the real cold England for CALCULATED RISK during Big Freeze of 1963
Continuing our wave of Noir/Crime BRITISH NEW WAVE, sadly enough, not all of them are great, especially shameful since THE BREAK cool baddie William Lucas stars in one of the most Noir-sounding titles, CALCULATED RISK, a hybrid of THE ASPHALT JUNGLE as a newly released old short convict has a big plan for a big heist (John Rutland doing Sam Jaffe) and LARCENY INC since they have to dig under two locations to reach the targeted goal...

Which aren't stores but bombed-out houses from twenty-years past, leading to a lucrative bank vault while Lucas, as a sophisticated businessman who really doesn't need the bread, heads up a group of fellas about as classy and, alas, uninteresting, not seeming a fitful lot for a crime caper or movie...
Dilys Watling provides some warming up in CALCULATED RISK Rating: **
And for eye-candy, the tallest, most confident (Terence Cooper) has a quick fling with cute local lass Dilys Watling, and during the icy-breath digging phase not much happens. But what's really important is when this RISK takes place...

Which was during England's Big Freeze of 1963, when CALCULATED composer George Martin (making ample use of the harpsichord) brought his young hopeful band The Beatles to record their first album, so the atmosphere is extremely chilly but not claustrophobic enough. Then when the men come across a giant not-yet-detonated bomb inside the second bombed-out house, just inches from that saturated vault... boy what a predictable conclusion!
Title card for CALCULATED RISK
William Lucas in CALCULATED RISK
William Lucas in CALCULATED RISK with Warren Mitchell
William Lucas in CALCULATED RISK with Terence Cooper
Warren Mitchell in CALCULATED RISK
William Lucas smokes in the real cold England for CALCULATED RISK during Big Freeze of 1963
Asphalt Jungle style Shay Gorman, David Briely, Terence Cooper and John Rutland for Calculated Risk
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