Sunday, August 19, 2012

High Risk (1981)

Director: Stewart Raffill

Starring: James Brolin, Anthony Quinn, Lindsay Wagner, James Coburn, Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Davison, Cleavon Little, Chick Vennera

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Getting in was easy... getting out was war!!!

Plot:Four American friends, badly needing money, decide to make a commando-like raid into a South American country and steal $5 million from the hacienda of an American-born drug dealer who lives there. The four Americans then succeed rather easily in stealing the money, but soon run into trouble trying to get back out of the country, as both the drug dealer and a small army of bandits each hunt them down trying to get the money.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? As soon as a good widescreen print surfaces.

For the most part I dig this picture. It's got a lot of nice things going for it. The action is pretty solid and there's a lot more tension in those scenes than you would expect. On the other hand, there are moments of stupid like when a couple of guys have to suddenly make a run for it after being on the make with these chicks and one of the guys end up wearing a dress. I hate stupid shit like that. If they had concentrated on making a solid action movie it would have been much better. Considering the cast, it's worth watching. The print I watched was a fullscreen VHS copy, not the best way to see it but right now it's the only way.

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