Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Melvin Purvis G-MAN (1974)

AKA: The Legend of Machine Gun Kelly

Director: Dan Curtis

Writers: John Milius, William F. Nolan

Composer: Bob Cobert

Starring: Dale Robertson, Harris Yulin, Dick Sargent, Margaret Blye, Matt Clark, David Canary, Elliott Street, John Karlen, Steve Kanaly, Woodrow Parfrey, Bruce Davidson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He wrote his name in bullets in the history of crime!

Plot: Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

I didn't realize this was a made for TV movie until after it was over.  It's an AIP film so it's going to have that low budget yet trying look to it.  Anyway, if you're looking for some great action, violence, raw language and nudity in your exploitation crime pictures, you won't find it here.  What you get is a watered down version of what you'd want, but it's at least somewhat entertaining.  There are a lot of familiar faces even if you don't know the names. The pacing is OK and it's about what you'd expect for a TV movie but it's not out to set the record straight about any of these real life characters.  I'm not sure how much of it sticks to the truth but it's watchable and that's what most movies strive for at the very least.  The most interesting note about this picture that it's written by the great John "CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)" Milius.  Badass, that guy.  Pure USDA badass.

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