Rabu, 27 April 2011

Michael Apted - The Squeeze (1977)

Alcoholic former Scotland Yard detective JimNaboth (Stacy Keach) has just left a drying-out clinic when his ex-wife Jill’s (Carol White) new partner, hot-shot security executive Foreman (Edward Fox), visits to say both she and her young daughter have gone missing. Both have been kidnapped, and the crooks demand a £1m ransom. With Naboth and petty crook Teddy (Freddie Starr) sniffing around for clues, the crooks make a further demand of Foreman – that he murders Naboth; but the pair agree to fake his death. Vicious Irish crime kingpin Vic (Stephen Boyd) is behind the kidnapping, and to gain the ransom he blackmails Foreman into being an accomplice in the robbery of his own security firm.

Playing like a no-nonsense cross between Robert Aldrich’s The Grissom Gang and Mike Hodges’ Get Carter (both 1971) – while foreshadowing the breezy gangland brutalities of John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday (1979/80) - The Squeeze barrels us through the atmospherically mean streets of multicultural Britain at the grubby fag-end of the pre-Thatcher era. It’s based on a novel by a former Daily Mirror reporter and has an agreeably seamy true-crime flavour – the kind of slightly disreputable page-turner one might pick up in a second-hand bookshop specialising in those adult-oriented publications which boast more photographs than text. from link

no pass

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