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STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY'

STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY' STANLEY BAKER IN THE BRITISH NEO NOIR HEIST FLICK 'ROBBERY'

Title: ROBBERY Director: Peter Yates Star: Stanley Baker Year: 1967 Rating: ****1/2 Best known as the obscure crime film that gave English d...

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STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS' STANLEY BAKER BONDING ESPIONAGE FOR 'INNOCENT BYSTANDERS'

Title: INNOCENT BYSTANDERS Cast: Stanley Baker, Darren Nesbitt 1972 Rating: ***1/2 Tough, sturdy, square-jawed British actor Stanley Baker w...

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STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT'

STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT' STANLEY BAKER & ANTHONY STEEL DRIVEN THROUGH 'CHECKPOINT'

Title: CHECKPOINT Year: 1956 Rating: **1/2 What begins with an edgy heist by square-jawed tough guy Stanley Baker as a hired thief provides ...

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STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING'

STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING' STANLEY BAKER INVESTIGATES HARDY KRÜGER IN 'CHANCE MEETING'

Title: CHANCE MEETING Alternative: BLIND DATE Year: 1959 Rating: **1/2 The first of a handful of movies directed by Joseph Losey and starrin...

STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER'

STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER' STANLEY BAKER AND GINGER ROGERS IN 'BEAUTIFUL STRANGER'

Title: BEAUTIFUL STRANGER AKA TWIST OF FATE Year: 1954 Rating: ***1/2 "I stole it... I am innocent," Herbert Lom says to Stanley B...

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STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED'

STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED' STANLEY BAKER & PETER CUSHING IN 'THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED'

Stanley Baker on poster Year: 1963 Rating: ***1/2 Not only is THE MAN WHO FINALLY DIED the second movie where Niall MacGinnis has a gun draw...

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MARLON BRANDO IN MICHAEL WINNER'S 'THE NIGHTCOMERS'

MARLON BRANDO IN MICHAEL WINNER'S 'THE NIGHTCOMERS' MARLON BRANDO IN MICHAEL WINNER'S 'THE NIGHTCOMERS'

Title: THE NIGHTCOMERS Director: Michael Winner Year: 1971 Rating: *** Marlon Brando's THE GODFATHER comeback was more of a legacy accre...

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GEORGE C. SCOTT IN 'HARDCORE' PETER BOYLE & SEASON HUBLEY

GEORGE C. SCOTT IN 'HARDCORE' PETER BOYLE & SEASON HUBLEY GEORGE C. SCOTT IN 'HARDCORE' PETER BOYLE & SEASON HUBLEY

Title: HARDCORE Year: 1979 Rating: ****1/2 George C. Scott plays a straight-laced, Midwestern business-owner with an innocent daughter who, ...

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GIAN MARIA VOLONTÉ AND TOMAS MILIAN GOING 'FACE TO FACE'

GIAN MARIA VOLONTÉ AND TOMAS MILIAN GOING 'FACE TO FACE' GIAN MARIA VOLONTÉ AND TOMAS MILIAN GOING 'FACE TO FACE'

Title: FACE TO FACE Year: 1967 Rating: ****1/2 In what's Italian director Sergio Sollima's equivalent to Sergio Leone's THE GOOD...

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CHARLES BRONSON IN 'THE FAMILY' THAT IMPROVES 'VIOLENT CITY'

CHARLES BRONSON IN 'THE FAMILY' THAT IMPROVES 'VIOLENT CITY' CHARLES BRONSON IN 'THE FAMILY' THAT IMPROVES 'VIOLENT CITY'

Title: Violent City Year: 1970 Rates: ***1/2 Re-released The Family: 1972 Rates: **** Sergio Sollima's Italian-crime thriller VIOLENT CI...

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FABIO TESTI AND SAL BORGESE IN ITALIAN CRIME 'THE BIG RACKET'

FABIO TESTI AND SAL BORGESE IN ITALIAN CRIME 'THE BIG RACKET' FABIO TESTI AND SAL BORGESE IN ITALIAN CRIME 'THE BIG RACKET'

Soundtrack displays fatale  Marcella Michelangel for THE BIG RACKET Year: 1977 Rating: ***1/2 While nearly all gritty 1970's crime flick...

IAN HENDRY WITH EDWARD JUDD & VERNA HARVEY IN 'ASSASSIN'

IAN HENDRY WITH EDWARD JUDD & VERNA HARVEY IN 'ASSASSIN' IAN HENDRY WITH EDWARD JUDD & VERNA HARVEY IN 'ASSASSIN'

Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN Year: 1973 Rating: ***1/2 With wide-angle lenses eerily framing massive gray-tone buildings within a nearly vacant me...

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CLINT EASTWOOD WITH ROBERT DUVALL & PAUL KOSLO IN 'JOE KIDD'

CLINT EASTWOOD WITH ROBERT DUVALL & PAUL KOSLO IN  'JOE KIDD' CLINT EASTWOOD WITH ROBERT DUVALL & PAUL KOSLO IN 'JOE KIDD'

Title: BEAST WITH A GUN Year: 1977 Rating: **** The best sequence in the John Sturges American-made Spaghetti-Western-knockoff starring Clin...

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HELMUT BERGER IN 'BEAST WITH A GUN' AKA 'THE MAD DOG KILLER'

HELMUT BERGER IN 'BEAST WITH A GUN' AKA 'THE MAD DOG KILLER' HELMUT BERGER IN 'BEAST WITH A GUN' AKA 'THE MAD DOG KILLER'

Title: BEAST WITH A GUN Year: 1977 Rating: **** The most brutal, uncompromising, intensely-violent Italian exploitation flick stars Austrian...

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HARRISON FORD AND ROBERT SHAW ‘FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE’

HARRISON FORD AND ROBERT SHAW ‘FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE’ HARRISON FORD AND ROBERT SHAW ‘FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE’

Title: FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE Year: 1978 Rating: ****1/2 It was unnecessary starting FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE with an introduction about the o...

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WALTER MATTHAU STEPS UP FOR DON SIEGEL'S 'CHARLEY VARRICK'

WALTER MATTHAU STEPS UP FOR DON SIEGEL'S 'CHARLEY VARRICK' WALTER MATTHAU STEPS UP FOR DON SIEGEL'S 'CHARLEY VARRICK'

Title: CHARLEY VARRICK Year: 1973 Rating: ****1/2 Ironically the opening credits stating A SIEGEL FILM appears beneath a full moon in an ot...

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ENZO G. CASTELLARI DIRECTS FRANCO NERO IN 'STREET LAW'

ENZO G. CASTELLARI DIRECTS FRANCO NERO IN 'STREET LAW' ENZO G. CASTELLARI DIRECTS FRANCO NERO IN 'STREET LAW'

Franco Nero in STREET LAW Year: 1974 Grade: C— In 1974, Italy, the same year the vigilante theme had ignited Hollywood from the result of DE...

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SAM PECKINPAH'S 'BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA'

SAM PECKINPAH'S 'BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA' SAM PECKINPAH'S 'BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA'

Title: BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA Year: 1974 Rating: **** Gritty auteur Sam Peckinpah's maligned labor-of-love exploitation has...

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OLIVER REED AND FABIO TESTI ITALIAN CRIME FLICK 'REVOLVER'

OLIVER REED AND FABIO TESTI ITALIAN CRIME FLICK 'REVOLVER' OLIVER REED AND FABIO TESTI ITALIAN CRIME FLICK 'REVOLVER'

Title: REVOLVER Year: 1973 Rating: ***1/2 Clever premise of a prison warden in genuine tough guy and here, promoted ex-cop Oliver Reed... wh...

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FABIO TESTI AND DAVID HEMMINGS TEAM IN 'THE HEROIN BUSTERS'

FABIO TESTI AND DAVID HEMMINGS TEAM IN 'THE HEROIN BUSTERS' FABIO TESTI AND DAVID HEMMINGS TEAM IN 'THE HEROIN BUSTERS'

Title: THE HEROIN BUSTERS Year: 1977 Rating: *** * It's initially distracting that, in the first twenty minutes of THE HEROIN BUSTERS, ...

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SOPHIA LOREN AND CLIFTON WEBB SEEKING 'BOY ON A DOLPHIN'

SOPHIA LOREN AND CLIFTON WEBB SEEKING 'BOY ON A DOLPHIN' SOPHIA LOREN AND CLIFTON WEBB SEEKING 'BOY ON A DOLPHIN'

Sophia Loren in BOY ON A DOLPHIN Year: 1957 Rating: ***1/2 Rarely has there been a film with such uneven casting — and BOY ON A DOLPHIN was ...

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SCOUNDREL'S EPIC OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S CLASSIC 'BARRY LYNDON'

SCOUNDREL'S EPIC OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S CLASSIC 'BARRY LYNDON' SCOUNDREL'S EPIC OF STANLEY KUBRICK'S CLASSIC 'BARRY LYNDON'

Title: BARRY LYNDON Year: 1975 Rating: ****1/2 In the mid-to-late 1700's Europe, by the time Ryan O'Neal's BARRY LYNDON has fled...

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RYAN O'NEAL & SHELLEY LONG HAVE 'IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES'

RYAN O'NEAL & SHELLEY LONG HAVE 'IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES' RYAN O'NEAL & SHELLEY LONG HAVE 'IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES'

Title: IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES Year: 1984 Rating: ****1/2 Ryan O'Neal was the original Leonardo DiCaprio, both starring in what turne...

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CLINT EASTWOOD AS DIRTY HARRY VS DAVID SOUL 'MAGNUM FORCE'

CLINT EASTWOOD AS DIRTY HARRY VS DAVID SOUL 'MAGNUM FORCE' CLINT EASTWOOD AS DIRTY HARRY VS DAVID SOUL 'MAGNUM FORCE'

Clint Eastwood and David Soul in MAGNUM FORCE Year: 1973 Rating: ****1/2 Director Don Siegel's DIRTY HARRY was a cultural phenomenon tha...

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MARTIN SHEEN IN JOHN SCHLESINGER'S THRILLER 'THE BELIEVERS'

MARTIN SHEEN IN JOHN SCHLESINGER'S THRILLER 'THE BELIEVERS' MARTIN SHEEN IN JOHN SCHLESINGER'S THRILLER 'THE BELIEVERS'

Martin Sheen and Harley Cross in THE BELIEVERS Year: 1987 Rating: ***1/2 The last time Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger put a short a...

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ITALIAN ACTION CRIME 'HIGHWAY RACER' AKA 'POLIZIOTTO SPRINT'

ITALIAN ACTION CRIME 'HIGHWAY RACER' AKA 'POLIZIOTTO SPRINT' ITALIAN ACTION CRIME 'HIGHWAY RACER' AKA 'POLIZIOTTO SPRINT'

Maurizio Merli in HIGHWAY RACER Year: 1977 Rating: *** Stelvio Massi's Italian action-crime-flick HIGHWAY RACER is built around the prem...

GLENN FORD RIDING 'THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE'