Sunday, February 25, 2018

$ (Dollars) (1971)

Director: Richard Brooks

Writer: Richard Brooks

Composer: Quincy Jones

Starring: Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Frobe, Robert Webber, Scott Brady, Arthur Brauss, Robert Stiles, Wolfgang Kieling

More info: IMDb

Tagline: The BIG bank-heist is on!

Plot: A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Don't be fooled by the trailer or the poster.  This is not a comedy.  Goldie Hawn giggling a lot doesn't make it so.  It's a straight up heist movie that leans light.  The first hour is the setup, the next half hour is the slow process of getting the money (which really takes up too much time for what little is done) and the last half hour of this two hour flick is eluding the criminals Joe (Beatty) and Dawn (Hawn) stole from.  That's rather dull, too.  I'm disappointed to say the least.  Writer/director Richard Brooks was an immense talent who wrote and directed an impressive amount of classic films.  Check out his credits.  I'll wait.  The pacing is what hurts the film the most I think.  Well, that and the story needs help.  The build up should've been shorter, as well as the heist and climax.  It's not thrilling, funny, cute, romantic or fun.  Beatty is being Beatty and Hawn is adorable but they do as much with their roles as was there I suppose.  It was great, though, seeing Gert Frobe and speaking English with his own voice instead of being dubbed as he often was for English speaking audiences.  The score by Quincy Jones is often fun.  And there's boobs!

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