99 and 44/100% Dead\! Film Details
Overview: Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry’s new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank’s enemy, Big Eddie.
Review: 44 things (out of 100) about this movie: Ann Turkel is gorgeous. Bradford Dillman gives a supremely bad performance. Chuck Connors’ scenes are the best scenes in the movie. Edmond O’Brien, one of my favorites, is decent in this forgettable film. The underwater opening is a lot of fun. Richard Harris is half cool, half wooden. Married To The Mob is better than this. Smokin Aces is better than this. Lucky Number Slevin is better than this. Frankenheimer isn’t necessarily meant to do comedy. Richard Harris likes to take his glasses off in dramatic fashion, make sure they click-clack noisily as he fiddles with them, and then manfully put them back on his face. The blocks of cement seem too light. I’ll say Ann Turkel is gorgeous twice, because it’ll help me get to 44 Things faster. True Romance is a hundred times better than this. Snatch is much better than this (and I still must see Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels). I think you get what kind of (better) films this movie compares to. They probably should have come up with a different title for this thing. If you like accumulating Super-Guilty Pleasures you can’t do much better than this. Hard to believe he’s the same director of Seconds and The Manchurian Candidate. Richard Harris did his fair share of odd, somewhat unpalatable movies. The dialogue should have been more humorous. It’s like they saw Live And Let Die and decided a gangster movie needs alligators and a guy with a hook for a hand even more than a spy movie does. I’ve seen much worse than this, but still, is this anybody’s favorite movie?? The plot, gangster turf war, is pretty much irrelevant. Ronin improves on the car chases and the night-time bridge shoot-out stuff. Ronin is a better movie. Back to those phony-sounding bullet ricochets we had to endure in movies for years. Richard Harris also likes loading and unloading his guns, but then all these action guys like playing with their weapons. Thank goodness Tarantino found a way to attach a great script and story to this kind of vibe. Henry Mancini’s music works fine. Early version of dude walking away from building as it blows up, and having absolutely no reaction at all (apparently the epitome of Cool). The 1970s are a hotbed of totally watchable bad movies. The secret to enjoying this is not to expect a masterpiece, but just sit back and don’t think. I thought there’d be more blood. I think this one may be better than Johnny Dangerously. The young ladies in this movie are all quite pretty. Ann Turkel looks a bit like Raquel Welch, just in case that’s a look you appreciate. Some of the fight scenes are less than convincing. 44/100% Dead should really be written as 22/50% Dead–or no, I guess not, that’s stupid. Now I kind of want to check out Humanoids From The Deep. But I don’t want to check out Island Of Dr Moreau (Frankenheimer version). The next oddball gangster flick I plan to finally check out is Bound, which will probably be better than this. Ann Turkel drives a mean school bus. Dick Tracy is better than this, though we do get some cartoony colors here too, now and then. Chuck Connors finds the right vibe for this film, and if the rest of the movie had taken a lesson from him, this could have been a lot more satisfying. That was 44, unless I’ve miscounted.
Country: United States
Duration: 98 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
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