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Overall Rating
3.65

Awesome: 19.23%
Worth A Look: 26.92%
Average53.85%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

2 reviews, 14 user ratings


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by Slyder

"Credible scenario, poor execution but no one walks out"
3 stars

My guess is that ever since the whole 9/11 disaster, the reputation of this flick has actually improved because of it since it presents a credible scenario of psychos trying to commit a massive terrorist attack on Super Bowl day

And true I give credit to director John Frankenheimer for adapting Thomas Harris thrilling novel and making an interesting film on a subject that everyone thought was ridiculous to begin with but with time it was proven to be ultimately true. True to Frankenheimer’s usual blend of politics and suspense, he does it very well, especially since the material was inspired by the Munich Olympic Games terrorist attack of 1972, and makes credible connections to it. Notably of course, the whole Israeli/Arab discord, which is present in the characters, both sides are utterly cold-blooded and ruthless.

Unfortunately, this whole credible scenario does not make the movie a great one, since it can’t hide the clichés that are so evident in Ernest Lehman’s script as far as the buildup goes. The whole “I should’ve killed her but I didn’t” cliché is the most obvious. The crazed Vietnam veteran there, is even more painfully obvious, as well as the lethal beauty who manages to fuck and slash and burn her way in this male infested world.

It can’t also hide the lame and laughable special FX that ultimately hamper the film’s climatic moment (didn't the filmmakers have enough money to afford buying a blimp and atcually blow it up?), much less the completely predictable scenario of our Israeli hero (Robert Shaw) saving the day, and much less the completely rushed ending which leaves more questions than answers.

In the end, this film is pretty much a curiosity movie, it’s not a bad movie but it’s too hampered and clichéd to be actually great. Besides, Frankenheimer has done better films than this. Still, it’s a good enough film to pass the afternoon by. 2.5-5

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originally posted: 10/31/04 08:58:55
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User Comments

4/21/17 morris campbell a exciting well acted action yarn 4 stars
1/13/15 PAUL SHORTT SPECTACULAR, WELL MADE AND CLEVERLY WRITTEN 3 stars
8/21/09 art AN EXCITING,NERVE-WRACKING THRILLER! 4 stars
3/17/08 Pamela White disaster movie at its best great filming 4 stars
2/08/08 action movie fan after a muddled start, it becomes a tense powerful thirller with great visuals and personna 4 stars
4/17/05 Jeff Anderson Very compelling, well made & smart. Dern is great as always. One of J. Frankenheimer's BEST 5 stars
11/10/04 D. Kremer Overly deliberate pacing explodes too suddenly. Surprisingly poor Alonzo cinematography. 3 stars
12/08/03 john an intense and intelligent thriller 5 stars
4/07/03 Jack Sommersby A first-rate action thriller. Superb direction and perfs by Shaw and Dern. 4 stars
1/11/03 Paul Coleman This is a spectacular, frightening and timely motion picture! 4 stars
10/15/02 Charles Tatum This is ripe for a really decent remake 5 stars
4/04/02 R.W. Welch Pretty fair race-against-disaster flick, keeps you glued. 4 stars
5/24/01 Erik North Tremendous suspense epic from director John Frankenheimer 5 stars
5/01/00 Gus Van Sant GREAT SHITE! 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Jun-1977 (R)

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Directed by
  John Frankenheimer

Written by
  Ernest Lehman

Cast
  Robert Shaw
  Bruce Dern
  Marthe Keller
  Fritz Weaver
  Steven Keats
  Bekim Fehmiu



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