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Action Double Feature: 99 And 44/100% Dead & The Nickel Ride (1974)

Richard Harris , Edmond O'Brien , John Frankenheimer  |  PG |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Harris, Edmond O'Brien, Jason Miller, Linda Haynes
  • Directors: John Frankenheimer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 197 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G5NPNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,735 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Nickel Ride: Cooper (Jason Miller, The Exorcist), known as the key man because of his large ring of keys, manages several warehouses containing the Mob’s stolen goods. When the Mob has stolen so much that they are running out of space, they send Cooper to negotiate for a new warehouse. His boss gets nervous and, believing the big-hearted key man to be more of a risk than an asset, orders him to be watched. Also starring Linda Haynes (Rolling Thunder) and Bo Hopkins (The Wild Bunch). Directed by Robert Mulligan (To Kill A Mockingbird).


99 and 44/100% Dead: In a future where the laws of reality have been suspended, Harry Crown (Richard Harris) is a hit man whos been hired by Mafia don Uncle Frank (Edmond O’Brien) to eliminate Big Eddie (Bradford Dillman), a rival gangster who has been moving in on his turf. Big Eddie counters with his own enforcer, Marvin ’Claw’ Zuckerman (Chuck Connors), and as the rival killers attempt to destroy each other, some wild high-speed chases ensue. Directed by John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Seconds).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic mid 70's actioners! December 10, 2011
Okay... I was 19 when these movies hit the theatres and they are pretty typical of the kind of "B" movie action flicks of that era and even featured some soon forgotten actors of the day...a couple of higher priced talent and a couple of legendary directors!

FIRST ... let me say that while the back of the 2 disc set says that both pictures are 1:78 aspect ratio .... they are in fact 2:35...so all you buffs who remember these films relax they are appropriate to their original size but labeled wrong...

Now... while its fun to see Linda Haynes as the love interest in "The Nickel Ride" (her fame was fleeting and mostly came from her sexy romp in "Rolling Thunder") and the lead Jason Miller (of Exorcist fame) this film was certainly not on a par with "To Kill a Mockingbird" ...which was directed by the same man Robert Mulligan. My main enjoyment in revisiting this film was seeing Bo Hopkins, John Hillerman and Victor French in supporting roles.

the other film 99 and 44/100% Dead! features one of my all time favorite directors John Frankenheimer.... and his ability with action shows. Of course the guilty pleasure of seeing Chuck Conners (The Rifleman) as "Claw Zuckerman" as well a another classic Henry Mancini score and Richard Harris' always compelling work raise this film above a "B" for me.

There are Trailers for both films as bonus features but no chapter index....both movies feature about 10-11 chapter stops though.

The prints look very good and I think being in combination not only are a good pair but make this a solid investment at $15 or so.

recommended for fans of 70's films..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for 'Nickel Ride' August 19, 2012
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Some directors have a gift for comedy. John Frankenheimer isn't one of them. A big fan of his early work ('The Manchurian Candidate,' 'Seven Days in May,' 'The Train,' 'Seconds,' 'The Iceman Cometh') and not so much of his later stuff ('Prophecy,' 'Dead Bang,' 'Reindeer Games,' 'Island of Dr. Moreau'-- although 1998's 'Ronin' is a happy exception), I found '99 and 44/100% Dead' a very amateurish attempt at an entirely superfluous genre: the gangster spoof. If you can, imagine a mating of 'The Sting' and 'Alphaville' infused with Keystone Cops humor and a swinging-sixties artistic sensibility (yes, it was made in 1974). The story is perfunctory and almost irrelevant, as are the characters serving it (even played by some big names including Richard Harris and Edmond O'Brien), so it's the aesthetic of the film that must work, and it doesn't. Just a jumble of half-baked ideas, gunfire and car chases. The widescreen presentation, however, is very nice, and there are numerous well-framed shots to ogle (the East River-bed 'graveyards,' for instance). Film rates 1 1/2 stars; picture and audio 4 stars.

The keeper of this set is a movie I hadn't seen or heard of before: Robert Mulligan's 'The Nickel Ride.' It's a quiet thriller-- a character study, really-- about a respected, aging mafia property manager ('The Exorcist''s Jason Miller) who discovers too late that his services have become obsolete to those who employ him.
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I've been on a Sam Peckinpah kick lately, and after watching THE WILD BUNCH for the umpteenth time I began wondering how many other films classic character actor Edmund O'Brien (D.O.A., THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND) made before he passed. When I saw that his last role was in 99 AND 44/100% DEAD, and that it was directed by another one of my favorites, John Frankenheimer (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, SEVEN DAYS IN MAY, SECONDS) I looked for it and very luckily found this Double-Feature DVD that pairs it with another '70's flick, THE NICKLE RIDE, for $5! Both 20th Century Fox color productions deal with life in the mob, but are polar opposites in tone and execution. WARNING: PLOT SPOILERS FOLLOW......

What really seals the deal for this set is THE NICKEL RIDE, by another critically acclaimed director, Richard Mulligan (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE). The film features the late Jason Miller in the lead role, who's a hometown hero in the area I live (Northeast PA). Miller's two claims to fame are his 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning play THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (
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