Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Honor Among Thieves (1968)

Director: Jean Herman

Starring: Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Olga Georges-Picot, Brigitte Fossey, Bernard Fresson, Marianna Falk, Ellen Bahl, Jean-Claude Ballard

More info: IMDb

Plot: After serving together in the French Foreign Legion, a mercenary and a doctor leave the service and go their separate ways. Later, they are reunited by a coincidence. The doctor has made a promise to a friend which involves his breaking into a safe to return some improperly removed bearer bonds. When he hides in an office building to accomplish his task, he is followed by the mercenary, who is out to steal the contents of the safe. Locked inside the building together, they reluctantly agree to cooperate in cracking the safe. However, surprises await them both and in the end, they both must rely on 'the honor among thieves' to straighten everything out.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

#45 on Project: Badass Charles Bronson

LEVEL OF BADASSICITY (10 being the highest): 8 (he refrains from killing anyone but he's clearly capable)

It really sucks that I can't find a trailer anywhere for this picture. It's a good caper flick with an unusually playful performance from Bronson as a fun-loving asshole. He's a hoot. Everybody else does a fine job, too, but it's Bronson that stands out for me. It's got one of those neat but strange scores you'd get from European genre pictures from that era and it looks really neat. The only issue I have with the film is that it's slow. It's the kind of slow that's off-putting to most people but if you're a genre freak like me, it's great - just don't slap this one in a half hour before bedtime because you'll drop this quicker than Dennis Hopper would drop a hit of acid.

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