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"Run devil, run"
4 stars

Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty star in this odd Richard Brooks film that blends comedy and suspense and never lets go until the very last frame thanks to some clever writing and a thrilling climax.

Joe Collins (Beatty) is a security expert supervising the latest security measures in a bank in Hamburg, Germany. Or at least thatís what he appears to be doing, since on the sidelines Joe, along with his friend prostitute Dawn Divine (Hawn) is planning a heist in that very same bank, with Dawn seducing a trio of crooks whom made deposits on the bank and Joe taking full advantage of the limitations of the banks security systems. One fake false alarm and the multi-million dollar heist is pulled. That is until the crooks realize who the hell is stealing from them.

The first word that comes to mind while watching this film is clever. Very clever writing from accomplished writer/director Richard Brooks. There are some subplots and moments amongst the developing stages which are at first a little hard to follow since thereís a lot thatís going on during that point in time. But that is justified since the film aims at a fast pace. Goldie Hawn as usual plays the ditsy blonde, and it's no wonder that she fits perfectly in the role, though a little bit more development wouldíve made it more interesting (watch for her firefighter scene). The film is full of standard production values, a couple of glimpses of nudity to which I think the film wouldíve done better without, and a very solid direction by director Brooks.

Warren Beatty once again plays a character that is in over his head, especially when it comes to the climaxing 20-minute chase on foot across the entire German countryside, fueled also by Quincy Jones weird but amusing score. Chases on foot arenít usually that thrilling unless you have all the right elements in place and this film pretty much nearly has all of them, which makes it even more memorable. The film ends in an odd note and it may hamper all the build-up it had developed up to that moment but then, I guess thatís how life is.

In the end, itís a very entertaining film and an interesting 70ís piece. It may seem dated now but at least the film has a lot going for it, and even though it may not be amongst Richard Brookís best films (like In Cold Blood, Blackboard Jungle or Elmer Gantry) it certainly makes the top 15. Worth viewing once in a while. 4-5

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USA
  17-Dec-1971 (R)

UK
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Australia
  02-May-1971


Directed by
  Richard Brooks

Written by
  Richard Brooks

Cast
  Warren Beatty
  Goldie Hawn
  Gert Frobe
  Robert Webber
  Scott Brady
  Arthur Brauss



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