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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 metropolis harboring phantom warehouses and (flashback inducing) metallic hangars... along with sparsely furnished spy-genre government offices befitting only the most uncompromising of heartless decision-making... much of the b-crime/neo-noir ASSASSIN seems equally futuristic science-fiction...

Starring GET CARTER villain Ian Hendry as the titular hired gunman, patiently awaiting his score while really only sharing genuine dialogue and contact with Verna Harvey, so young, beautiful and easy there must be a backstabbing fatale twist under her sleeve: but ASSASSIN isn't espionage, playing thoroughly straight and efficiently offbeat as far as Hendry's weapon-preparing, waiting-around-in-a-purgatory-hotel-room goes...

Verna Harvey and Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN

Unfortunately there's a visually contrasting b-story involving his primary human target: a government worker who supposedly stole files harmful to mission-dispatching Control Chief Edward Judd, overall playing-out like a 1970's-vibrant TV-episode (with TV-director Peter Crane at the helm): so there's almost equal time at a drunken convention leading to a mundane wedding party...

Overall making ASSASSIN a deliberately obscure cult-curio where Ian Hendry's central mission (including two junior assassins prepping to possibly take him out) doesn't get enough of that intriguingly cold and meticulous, rogue and monotone anti-hero attention — that both the title and title-character had initially promised.

Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN
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Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN
Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN
Ian Hendry in ASSASSIN
The Nightcomers starlet Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
Ian Hendry and Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
Ian Hendry and Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
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Verna Harvey in ASSASSIN
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Sitting Target guard Mike Pratt in ASSASSIN
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ASSASSIN target Frank Windsor
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