Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Destructors

There is a workmanlike efficiency in this taut spy thriller from director Robert Parish. Anthony Quinn stars as a rogue American agent who hires a hit-man (Michael Caine) to kill a drug dealer (James Mason) after he runs out of legal ways to get him off the streets. It’s set in the seacoast town of Marseilles, and one can’t help but get the feeling that the three leading men took the job more for a paid vacation than what was in the script. They’re such old pros, though, that they show up, do their job and still manage to give the story a believable edge.

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