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The Destructors (1974)

The Marseille Contract (original title)
When a U.S. Intelligence Agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man with whom he is put in contact turns out to be an old friend.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writer:

Judd Bernard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... John Deray
Anthony Quinn ... Steve Ventura
James Mason ... Jacques Brizard
Maurice Ronet ... Inspector Briac
Alexandra Stewart ... Rita
Maureen Kerwin ... Lucienne
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Brizard's Mistress
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Calmet
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Kovakian
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Marsac (as Andre Oumansky)
Georges Beller Georges Beller ... Minierini
Jean-Louis Fortuit Jean-Louis Fortuit ... Fortuit
Jerry Brouer Jerry Brouer ... Kurt
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Henri
Pierre Koulak Pierre Koulak ... Wilson
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Storyline

When a U.S. Intelligence Agent is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man with whom he is put in contact turns out to be an old friend.

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They Live the Sweet Life But They Play a Game of SUDDEN DEATH! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Destructors See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kettledrum Films, PECF See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sports car John Deray (Michael Caine) drove was a 1971 Alfa-Romeo Montreal. See more »

Goofs

In the office scene when Inspector Briac offers Anthony Quinn's Steve Ventura a bottle of Château d'Yquem - stating he has been given a case of the wine - he opens the box and pulls out a green bottle. Château d'Yquem is a golden-colored Premier Cru Supérieur (Fr: "Superior First Growth") wine from the Sauternes, Gironde region in the southern part of the Bordeaux and is always in clear bottles to showcase the gold color. Briac was handling a green bottle which would have a red and the label color was even wrong.. See more »

Quotes

Janet: Oh, Mr. Ventura, Mr. Williams isn't in.
Steve Ventura: I just wanna say three words to him.
Janet: He's really not in.
Steve Ventura: Where is he?
Janet: He is where he is every thursday afternoon. But I'm not gonna disturb him there.
Steve Ventura: Oh yeah. That's right.
Janet: [grabbing a pencil] Mr. Ventura, what are the three words?
Steve Ventura: The first one is 'Go'.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was re-rated with a '15' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mi adúltero esposo ('In Situ') (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

'Round Midnight
Music by Thelonious Monk & Cootie Williams
Words by Bernard Hanighen (as Bernie Hanighen)
Performed by The Fellings Quartet
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Charming thriller, without many thrills. Could have done better!
1 July 2005 | by got_the_feelinSee all my reviews

As a fan of Micheal Caine and of action thrillers from the seventies I was looking forward to watching this film. I'd listened to the wickedly funky soundtrack by Roy "Get Carter" Budd, and spent a while tracking down a copy of the film on VHS.

Firstly i'll deal with the good points. Marseille is a good location to film a thriller, think of French Connection 2 for example, and it is well used. I'm in love with the Citroen DS, especially in black, so I was pleased to see them used throughout the film. There's a playful "cat and mouse" car scene, which was later copied in a more OTT style by John Woo in MI:2! There are a few interesting killings. Caine looks very seventies cool.

Now for the not so good points. Budds soundtrack although is efficient, it is too efficient for my liking, i'd like to hear more of it in the film. The music never really gets going. There are a couple more chase scenes thrown in for good measure, but they are boring. The acting is very very average, as is the film.

In my opinion I think that the director should have made a decision to go with either A) A gritty, hard hitting thriller. Or B) A more tongue in cheek, stylish caper movie. This film has both qualities at certain points within the movie, but it doesn't have the mix right. This is a shame because it could have been much better, perhaps a bigger budget was needed, who knows.

So to sum up, if Michael Caine in various seventies fashions such as roll neck sweaters, giant aviator sunglasses, a smoking jacket with cravat and the odd kipper tie floats your boat, this is the move for you!


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