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MORE THAN MURDER:
A friendly game of poker and dope-dealing ends in death, and only Mike Hammer can clear his best friend of murder and conspiracy charges.
MURDER ME, MURDER YOU:
When a gorgeous female courier carrying $2 million in cash is murdered and the money vanishes, hard-boiled private investigator Mike Hammer takes on the toughest case of his career.
Well before the explosion of TV police procedurals in the '90s, there were notable cops doing serviceable gumshoeing in the pursuit of law and, well, order. One of the best was the Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer series in the '80s, starring Stacy Keach as the world-weary Hammer, chucking off hard-boiled bons mots as he got ever-more entangled in the seamy underbelly of murder and conspiracy. This double-feature set includes More Than Murder, with cool cameos by an assortment of '80s character actors including a pre-Designing Women Delta Burke; and Murder Me, Murder You, which features a lovely Michelle Phillips as Hammer's ex-flame and Tanya Roberts as the enticing Gal Friday Velda. If the writing and plotting seem a little clunky in hindsight, there's still no denying the appeal of Keach and the Mike Hammer character, who's every bit as jaded as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. Keach was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1984 for his tough-as-hardtack portrayal of Hammer, and revisiting these episodes is a reminder of both the great chops Keach possessed, and of the appeal of the tough-guy dick as seen through the jaundiced eye of Mickey Spillane. --A.T. Hurley
This was the Stacy Keach - Mike Hammer series that I was looking for from the 80s that from reading everyone (versus the Private Eye series that didn't have this edge). Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Mike Hammer is very kitchy and if you are a fan this is a great buy.Published 1 month ago by Chris Heagerty
I love film-noir, and I particularly like Mike Hammer as played by Stacy Keach... he's perfect for the role. I rated this double feature 8 & 8.5/10 respectively. Good stuff.Published 3 months ago by Bob from NH
I didn't know they were movies. I thought they were the TV series.Published 5 months ago by Thomas L. Ehrhardt
Two good Mike Hammer flicks. If you like Mickey Spillane's stories these are good adaptions of the M.H. character. All the big busted girls fall for M.H. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Kenny
Listen, Mickey Spillane is not definitely not Shakespeare. But if you take it at that level, it's a great ride. Plus nobody has as much gusto as Stacy Keach. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric