Saturday, April 7, 2018

Tip Not Included (1966)

Original title: Die Rechnung - Eiskalt Serviert

Director: Helmuth Ashley

Writer: George Hurdalek

Composer: Peter Thomas

Starring: George Nader, Yvonne Monlaur, Horst Tappert, Heinz Weiss, Ullrich Haupt, Walter Rilla, Helga Schlack, Christian Doermer, Birke Bruck

More info: IMDb

Plot: A delivery truck is hijacked from the U.S. Mint with over $10M in diamonds and it's up to G-Man Jerry Cotton to crack the case and bring the bad guys to justice.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

This is the third of eight Jerry Cotton pictures George Nader made from '65 to '69 and it ain't pretty.  It's probably best to go into this one looking for cheese because that's what you'll get.  It's easy to look at a movie from that long ago and pick apart a movie for the special effects (although a bunch hold up very well) but this one is low hanging fruit because it wasn't good to being with.  The story is OK and, compared to the Bond pictures, it's akin to a gas station stick up.  It's nothing more than a high dollar robbery and the FBI man that solves the case.  It's not clever in any way.  The B&W photography isn't used in a way that gives it style but it only adds to the cheapness.  The rear projection is laughably bad.  Nader, the good looking bastard that he was, does as good of a job as you can with the material and the rest of the cast does as well.  But it's not without a brief moment of eye candy...

It's not a good picture by any stretch but there is the rare moment where a smile showed up.  I think DEATH AND DIAMONDS (1968) is the only other Cotton picture I've seen.  It was better and I recommend that one over this one, easily.

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