Sophia Loren stars as Adele, the widow of a murdered chemist. Believing that a multimillionaire industrialist is the culprit, she determines that she can expect no help from the authorities. Thus she engages the services of retired professional assassin Jerry Fanori (James Coburn), who in turn enlists the aid of troubleshooter Catlett (O.J. Simpson).
Eli Wallach and James Coburn did their jobs quite well in this film. Tony Franciosa phoned in his performance. Sofia Loren was stiff and wooden. The music wasn't worthy of a failed TV action pilot.
The movie held together nicely until the last 1/4 when a poorly executed chase scene by either Michael Winner or the second unit crew made this movie look totally contrived and made Coburn's character look inept for it it weren't for serendipity the bad guys would have had him. He didn't have any of this planned, except for the bombs.
Had there been more cameras on the action, inside and outside the car. Had the film editor had something to draw from to make the chase scene work, this would have been closer to a four star film. The whole ending was amateurishly filmed. It wasn't even worthy of Ed Wood.
This film runs like a second rate direct to video action movie with actors you never heard of before and never would again, which is a shame with all the talent packed into this film. It was almost like Lew Grade and Carlo Ponti produced this film so their 10 year old grandson could direct it (in fact some 10 year olds could probably do a better job directing a film like this).
Charles Bronson lucked out by NOT taking the leading role in this film.
Makes me think this film was made on purpose to lose money. What Max Bialystock involved in this production?
Yes, I survived watching it all the way through and that is why it is getting two stars from me! A few time, it occured to me that the plot was weak and so much fakeness and poor delivery that truly insults one's intelligence. I think Sophia Loren might have been desperate to acts in movies like this; perhaps the pay might have been good but what a shame...
L. VoisinetReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
This 1979 films based upon revenge seeking wife of a deceased scientist who enlists a number of specialist helpers one of whom is an ex to defeat the varies parties who are guarding rich crook (who no-one but a small cadre know what he looks like) in his heavily guarded hideaway.
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CarlosReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2009
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