Scorchy Film Details
Overview: Seattle undercover narc Jackie Parker (Stevens) is out to bust the drug smuggling ring commanded by Philip Bianco (Danova).
Tagline: She’s Killed A Man, Been Shot At, And Made Love Twice Already This Evening… And The Evening Isn’t Over Yet!
Review: As a first point, don’t settle for the television edit of this film, which for many years was the only way to see it. Find the restored re-release version. Much of the fun was left out of the television edit, and can only be seen in the restoration. Although the film credits a police technical adviser, the script doesn’t seem to have paid much attention to him. When plausibility comes into conflict with wild plot twists or spectacle, plausibility rarely wins. But the writer- director is considerably better as a director; the scenes flow well, and the action scenes are always either thrilling or hilariously over the top. The acting is a mix, and sometimes it’s hard to tell a badly-acted scene with one where an actor couldn’t overcome the writing. But when a scene is unconvincing, it’s not bland, it’s funny. A lot about the film is pretty weak, but the spectacle of the chase scenes adds a lot to the quality of the film- making. Judging it on its merits as a police thriller, it’s merely a “5”, fair. But the film’s entertainment value is much higher than that, not just for the chase scenes, but for the laugh value of the film in scenes where it goes wrong. So for fun it’s a “9”, excellent. Finally, I live in the Seattle area. The film is full of Seattle scenery, vintage 1976. Picking out scenes of Seattle, and marveling at the changes in the city over four decades, is a special pleasure for anyone familiar with Seattle. * – – Here’s a spoiler-rich summary of the film’s events (from memory, with help on character name from AFI): The film begins with Carl, a hardened killer, disguised as a priest, bumping off a drug courier and traveling from Rome to Seattle with ten kilos of heroin hidden inside a fake ancient sculpture, a favorite McGuffin in 1970s crime films. Also aboard the plane is police detective Jackie Parker (Connie Stevens, who the movie poster calls “Scorchy”), who is trying to track the drugs and bust the smugglers. Other police meet Jackie at the airport, and each trails one of the suspects. The sculpture goes to Mary, an (apparently not too discerning) art collector. The dead courier’s boss, Philip, learning of his man’s demise, decides that Jackie (who, under cover as a private pilot, had befriended his wife Claudia) would be a perfect substitute courier. Jackie and the smuggling bosses visit Mary to retrieve the sculpture to deliver it to a restoration specialist, who is actually the Carl, to restore the statue by removing the drugs under Jackie’s supervision. Carl shoots an assistant who is no longer useful, and flees, with Jackie in pursuit in an appropriated dune buggy. Thus begins the main spectacle of the film: a well-orchestrated, many-vehicle chase scene with some impressive stunts. When faced with a choice between plausibility and spectacle, the film chooses spectacle. When faced with a choice between strong-arm robbery and homicide, Carl chooses murder. The chase concludes with a motorcycle jump toward a Washington State Ferry. A few scenes later, smugglers press Jackie into flying the drugs to the San Juan Islands. Her plane isn’t ready for a while, so she has a romantic interlude at her Lake Union home (a property so expensive that a real cop probably couldn’t even afford to rent it for a weekend). The romance is violently interrupted by Carl and his goon Nick, who make off with the heroin. Jackie gives Philip and Claudia an update, and somehow everyone converges on the home of someone named Suzi. Lots of people start shooting and another big chase ensues. With the aid of a listening device, Jackie learns that the drugs are headed to a mansion owned by kingpin “Big Boy”. Police stake out Big Boy’s mansion, and Big Boy arrives by helicopter. A giant shootout ensues, and both the cops and the crooks demonstrate remarkable tactical incompetence. As villains start getting away, Jackie sets out in pursuit of Philip in a police helicopter that had arrived during the shootout. They face off at Gasworks Park, she catches him, he shoots her with her own gun, and he kills him with her back-up gun.
Duration: 99 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Also known as: Invitation to Death,Pronssisusi,Na Mesma Moeda,Scorchy,Scorchy. Una rubia del calibre 38,Bronsvargen,Scorchy, agent fédéral,Race with Death,Narkobanden sprenges,Federal Undercover Agent Jackie Parker,Η επικίνδυνη,Αστυνομικίνα