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Action Double Feature: 99 And 44/100% Dead & The Nickel Ride
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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 OBrien) 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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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..
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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I recently purchased this double feature. Not only was the price right but the Richard Harris movie was a joy to see again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
Two hard to find films for the price of one. I enjoyed them both, particularly Jason Miller's follow up role after "The Exorcist."Published 22 months ago by Mr. Lucky