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The Grissom Gang (1971)

Kim Darby , Scott Wilson , Robert Aldrich  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musante, Robert Lansing, Connie Stevens
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: James Hadley Chase, Leon Griffiths
  • Producers: Robert Aldrich, Walter Blake, William Aldrich
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7O4W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Grissom Gang" on IMDb

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From director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen) and screenwriter Leon Griffiths (The Hellfire Club) comes "one of Aldrich's finest and most complex films" (Time Out)a searing saga of murder and mayhem in the '30s. Starring Kim Darby and Scott Wilson, this "grim fairy tale" (Los Angeles Times) is "lurid, gritty [and] violent" (Leonard Maltin)! Barbara (Darby)is a wealthy socialite whose biggest dilemma in life concerns whose party she'll attend next. But when she's kidnapped by a dangerously depraved family of outlaws, Barbara's choices suddenly become far more terrifying. Desperate to escape and determined to survive, she finds herself hopelessly ensnared in a deadly struggle between those who want her dead and those who want something far more horrifying.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Darby is terrific in dramatic role! September 30, 2011
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This is an overlooked movie, in my opinion; one that I wanted to view simply to see Kim Darby playing a more mature role than her "adorable" teen role in True Grit (Special Collector's Edition) opposite the iconic actor John Wayne. When the new version of "True Grit" was released it brought back memories of Darby and aroused my curiosity about how she looked and acted at an older age.

A friend told me about The Grissom Gang, raving over Kim's acting abilities and I had to see for myself.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Darby is excellent in the role of a snooty society girl who is kidnapped by a gang of petty hoodlums with Ma Grissom as the very cruel mother and leader of the gang of three brothers. She treats the "spoiled little rich girl" brutally and would have killed her if it weren't that her youngest (and favorite) son Slim develops a big crush on Darby's character, Barbara Blandish. Slim is simple-minded and easily manipulated by Barbara--who doesn't fool old Ma for a second--which adds to the plot's complexity.

The Grissom Gang are amateurs compared to a more professional crew who thwart their plans. In addition to Darby's excellent acting, Scot Wilson is great in the role of Slim Grisson, Connie Stevens is realistic as the dumb gangster "moll," and Tony Musante is vicious as the leader of the pro gang. But Irene Dailey plays the cold-blooded Ma Grissom to perfection; she made me cringe with fear and disgust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD as expected October 13, 2013
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The DVD was in good state but the parcel was torn and the DVD fell before I could do anything so I feared that the content would be in poor state but luckily that was not the case!Good story; once you've read the book by James hadley Chase, you find the movie is faithful
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Grissom Gang" Not Entirely Successful December 12, 2012
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Whatever were Robert Aldrich's intentions with his 1971 "The Grissom Gang" it is uncertain if it were a gritty gangster film or a black comedy, it is not entirely successful as anything. I have seen largely many of Aldrich's films and he has not missed ever with me to make entertaining yet heavy-handed and often very funny movies. After "The Grissom Gang" he would still make "Emperor of the North" (another piece where sadism reigns) and "The Longest Yard" perhaps his most successful movie since "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" and "The Dirty Dozen." "The Grissom Gang" was based on the controversial book, "No Orchids for Miss Blandish" by James Hadley Chase with a script by Leon Griffiths and a re-make of its 1948 British film version. The acting which features Kim Darby and Scott Wilson (previously one of the no-name stars playing one of the killers in Richard Brooks' film version of "In Cold Blood") is generally good. Darby is very good, but Wilson gives one hell of a performance despite Aldrich's lack of sympathy for the relationship of those two characters when I think he should have played some of the emotions Wilson reaches with Darby and Tony Musante and Irene Dailey (as "Ma Grissom," a performance that also stands out with bravura) for seriousness which would have given the film a tenderness they seem to need that Aldrich may have been incapable of. Dailey's insane hysterical laughter while spraying her machine gunfire is typical of his bit of a lark while reeling in the sadism. But she is a good menace. To laugh at Wilson is not in the humanely best interest of his character's purpose. Connie Stevens in another supporting role does not come off as well and she would have her characterization of "Scorchy" still to come in her career. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 40 year old film that stands the test of time. October 13, 2012
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It could have been made yesterday. You wouldn't say it was made in 1971. The image is very good, and once you start you can't stop watching it up to the end. I would remark the performances of the actors, some interesting topics that emerge from the story and the direction by Robert Aldrich.
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