Director Basil Dearden and writer Janet Green team up together for another bash on British social prejudices. Two years before they had hit on the racial tensions on the streets of London in the late 1950’s in the excellent drama Sapphire. This time they hit the controversial bar high again, for at the time, this film gave the British Board of Film Censors kittens and proved to be way too risque for the US Motion Picture Production Code.
Tagline – A Daring Picture About the World’s Most Un-talked About Subject.
Stanley Baker plays Paul Clifton, a man with a plan. An ultra-careful plan he painstakingly put together, every angle researched to perfection, no stone unturned. This plan is rock solid, no way the rozzers going to get wind of this plan. Hey! by the time the old bill get wind of this job we are going to be high and dry and fancy free. Ain’t nothing that could go wrong!
Tagline – Who says crime doesn’t pay? 3 Million pounds says it does!
I’ve had this soundtrack since I was bout 16 years old. Bobby Womack writes and sings the title anthem Across 110th Street with just so much heart and passion that it’s not surprising it got picked up to feature on future soundtracks later on down the line. Most notably and incredibly well used in QT’s Jackie Brown but it also turned up in American Gangster with Denzel Washington. Continue reading “Across 110th Street (1972) Bobby Womack To Jackie Brown”→
Jack Palance is one of those actors that I know so well. His voice is so recognisable and that unique face of his seems to have played nothing but bad guys. He is probably best known to a certain generation for playing old badass rancher Curly Washburn alongside Billy Crystal in the 1991 comedy adventure classic City Slickers. But he’s popped up in a string of 80’s films which included Batman, Hawk The Slayer and Tango & Cash, to name a few, usually doing his panto villain role. Continue reading “Attack (1956) Badass Chiseled Cheeked Curly Costa”→
Massive fan of Pam Grier for obvious reasons, she is a tough iconic action star with a strong screen presence and of course that fist biting incredible body that brings an old wolfman like me out in a hot sweat. Had to sit with an ice pack down my trunks to make it through the viewing!
Tagline – She had a body men would die for – and a lot of them did!
In good old depressing 80’s action revenge style you know what to expect from this here movie. Like Death Wish, you know what’s coming but unlike Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having to go it alone on his one man bad guy mashing mission our Vigilante hero Eddie Marion (Robert Forster) gets a little help from the neighbourhood fixers.
I try to read as little as possible before embarking on a new film journey. All I knew about The Onion Field was it starred the brilliant James Woods as a messed up ex-con. What I wasn’t expecting was a James Woods jive talking, silver toothed, wannabe big time gangster, lunatic. He plays Gregory Ulas Powell a disturbed fast talking criminal who terrifies his new recruit to join him, a gullible recently released convict called Jimmy Lee ‘Youngblood’ Smith played by Franklyn Seales. Continue reading “The Onion Field (1979) – Jive Talkin Criminals”→
Way before Stringfellow Hawke was blowing the shit out of stuff as a renegade pilot in his battle helicopter Airwolf and not long after trying his hand at being a mechanic called Steve Mckenna working for a certain Mr Charles Bronson. Jan-Michael Vincent alterego went under the guise of Carrol Jo Hummer, a no nonsense son of a trucker, a long haul driver with a rig called Blue Mule. Continue reading “White Line Fever (1975) – Mother Truckers”→
First up I have to say I was rather disappointed waiting for Ian McShane to metamorphosis into a werewolf! What a charlatan, calling himself Wolf. I was duped. Anyhoo on to the film.
Big love for the old British gangster movie with the likes of Michael Caine leading the way with the sublime Get Carter and Bob HoskinsThe Long Good Friday not far away. Then there’s Mona Lisa where both the actors are together shouting out fantastic performances alongside the sexy Cathy Tyson. I’m not much of a fan of the new gangster film but anything from the 70’s & 80’s I’m pretty much all over it. Continue reading “Villain (1971) Gangster Vic Dakin Rages About Everything”→
First thing first, I thought they were on to me on the opening intro scene when the typing of the top secret mission started. Under the code word Zombie Unit the words started to unfold and there before my eyes “werewolf” was I under surveillance? Had they taken an Extreme Prejudice action out on me? I sat there throughout the performance ready to pounce into action but then it dawned on me the film is from 1987 and I shook my head and laughed “oh you silly wolfman!” Continue reading “Extreme Prejudice (1987)”→