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The Destructors (1974)

Michael Caine , Anthony Quinn , Robert Parrish  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, James Mason
  • Directors: Robert Parrish
  • Writers: Judd Bernard
  • Producers: Judd Bernard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,150 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A tough U.S. Embassy official in Paris is assigned to break a narcotic ring, but after several of his agents are killed he hires a professional killer.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
[The Destructors - (1974) - A French-British co-production in Widescreen presentation, directed by Robert Parrish] A reasonably solid 70's crime drama along the lines of (though not nearly as good as) 1971's 'Get Carter', starring Michael Caine. This time out, Caine portrays John Davos, once a good guy but now a hired assassin who drives fast cars and handles pretty women as deftly as the vehicles he loves to show off in. Anthony Quinn is cast as Steve Ventura, a U.S. embassy official who heads the DEA bureau for the United Nations stationed in Paris, whose agents are being picked off left and right by drug lord Jacques Brizard, played by James Mason, who's incredibly miscast as the Frenchman with the most discernable British accent you've ever heard. Brizard has worked out an overseas deal and is anticipating a shipment of 40 kilos of pure base Morphine to arrive by ship into Marseilles on the 18th of the month, and Ventura is determined to have him killed prior to this date, but is surprised to find out his old buddy John (Caine) is the hitman he's contracted for $50k.

70's crime dramas are more dark, seedy, gritty, grainy and dirtier than their 60's counterparts - it's both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they're more true to life and realistically honest; there's nothing glamorous or romantic about the miscreant characters themselves or the lives they lead. On the other side of the coin, the seedy underhandedness and despicable double-crossings can sometimes be so unpleasant you'll feel as though you need a shower as soon as the end credits roll. The dirty, disheveled sets can be downright depressing as the dank underbelly of the loathsome, brutal, barbaric beast is exposed as the plot plays out.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great mgm archive dvd July 21, 2011
By Mrgvase
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
excellent dvd of a very hard film to find,was out on betamax 30 years ago,then a long play vhs,how bad were they,so now we have a top end dvd-r,which ok has no chapters and the box cover is a bit plain,and is not widescreen,but what a great picture and pretty good mono sound,once you see this away from tape,you see what`s been missing,ok thriller,goes up to five stars due to big name stars,good location work as well,will be buying more of warner and mgm archive dvd`s in future and so should everyone else,as this is the only way to buy alot of lost gems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs, Greed, and Treachery October 24, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
The Destructors, 1974 film

This story is set in France. A Drug Enforcement Agent is caught and killed. His superior, Ventura, wants to get revenge. Since the top drug dealer is connected and protected, he decides to hire an assassin to bump off Brizard. One complication is the assassin Davros is known to him from past jobs. Later Ventura decides to call it off (after paying $50,000). But this may not be possible. Meanwhile, Brizard arranges to buy 400 Kg of opium base to make heroin. A man who sold this information is gunned down in the street. Brizard checks out his daughter Luciane's new boyfriend. He has a job for him, to pay off a man who works for him. Can this victim be used as a substitute? The police report the death of Davros. Brizard has another job for Davros. [Is this a double cross?]

The trap is sprung but Davros gets away1 Even after being stopped by the police. Davros escapes from the train station, then from Brizard's boys. But he calls Luciane on her home telephone! Is this recorded? Will there be another trap set for him? Davros escapes again and again! "I'll be over as soon as I tidy up." Davros meets Fortuna and learns the contract has been cancelled. They go to a bar, and learn how the drugs will be shipped by air. But there is a complication from a double-cross. All that gunfire suggests an isolated area. Brizard returns to the charity ball. There is a final surprise on the dance floor. Ventura goes for a walk on the docks at night.

This is an entertaining crime story if you don't try to think about the plausibility of this story and its details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atypical Michael Caine role December 21, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Forgotten 70's thriller about a huge drug kingpin, James Mason, being tracked by good guy Anthony Quinn. Pretty ordinary stuff with the exception of Michael Caine as a charming, kooky hitman. I recommend it simply because of his fine work in the film.
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