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The Slams (1973)

Everybody is after the money stolen by Hook (Jim Brown) before he ended up in prison including the villainous head guard Capt. Stambell.

Director:

Jonathan Kaplan

Writer:

Richard DeLong Adams (as Richard L. Adams)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Brown ... Curtis X. Hook
Judy Pace ... Iris Daniels
Roland Bob Harris Roland Bob Harris ... Capt. Otis Stambell (as Roland 'Bob' Harris)
Paul Harris ... Jackson Barney (as Paul E. Harris)
Frank DeKova ... Capiello (as Frank De Kova)
Ted Cassidy ... Glover
Frenchia Guizon Frenchia Guizon ... Macey
John Dennis ... Sergeant Morella / Flood (per credits)
Jac Emel Jac Emel ... Zack
Quinn K. Redeker ... Warden (as Quinn Redeker)
Betty Cole Betty Cole ... Mother
Robert Phillips ... Cohalt
Dick Miller ... Cab Driver
Jan Merlin ... Saddler
Carmen Argenziano ... Minor Role
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After a murderous heist Curtis Hook (Jim Brown) is caught by the police. The police, prisoners and guards want to know where he stashed the $1.5 million. When the place where he stashed the money is scheduled to be demolished Hook makes plans to get out of jail promptly. Written by <pnapp@pool.informatik.rwth-aachen.de>

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JIM BROWN goes over the wall to flash with a million $ stash. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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USA

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Release Date:

26 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A golpes See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Jim Brown insisted that someone as big or bigger than him be cast as the lead bad guy in the film in order to make his major confrontation with Glover at the end seem like a fair fight. This is why the hulking Ted Cassidy was cast as Glover. See more »

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There is no way a cement mixer truck would be left overnight in a prison, especially with cement in it. The disposal of the prison guard in the mixer is gruesome but very unrealistic. See more »

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A Few Good Moments Can't Make Up for Weak Script
13 January 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Slams, The (1973)

** (out of 4)

Forgotten blaxploitation flick has Jim Brown playing Curtis Hooks, a man who ends up in prison on a small charge but once inside he has all sorts of hits on his life because everyone knows that he stole $1.5 million in drug money and has it hidden somewhere. THE SLAMS, to date, has never received a VHS or DVD release so it's one of the rarest films of its genre, which is somewhat surprising since it does feature one of the biggest stars. There's quite a bit of good stuff here but sadly we've seen everything countless times before and you just end up with one cliché after another. The screenplay is certainly prison-drama 101 as everything you'd expect to happen does just that in the exact order that you'd think it would happen. You get the typical gay jokes, the attacks in the laundry room, the sadistic white racist, the mafia boss, the crooked cops and of course every time the cops walk away you're going to witness yet another hit. The film really doesn't offer up any drama and you can't help but wish that you cared more than what you actually do. With that said, there are still some fine performances with Brown leading the way. This certainly isn't Oscar-worthy material but it's not meant to be. Brown simply shows up with that tough attitude and kicks some major butt. The supporting cast includes a nice performance by Ted Cassidy as the racist and Frank DeKova playing the mafia boss running the prison. Dick Miller appears briefly as a taxi driver and Charles Cyphers (HALLOWEEN) can be spotted playing a guard. Director Jonathan Kaplan at least keeps the film moving at a nice pace and makes it look very professional. He also manages to get a pretty good atmosphere out of the film and the prison has a very dirty feel to it as it should. Still, THE SLAMS can't be seen as anything other than a disappointment. There are a few good moments but not enough to recommend this to anyone but those who must see everything the genre offered up.


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