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August 9, 2020  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 2:00 a.m. ET

 
Richard Brooks, who also directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and In Cold Blood, wrote and directed this 1971 action movie – which is one of my favorite underrated films. Warren Beatty stars as a security consultant for a German bank, who has a novel concept for robbing his own bank: Steal from the safety deposit boxes of people stashing illegal loot and gains, because, as he explains to his prostitute girlfriend (played by Goldie Hawn), crooks can’t call cops. And the prostitute, through her liaisons, identifies the targets. The result is an astoundingly exciting bank heist, followed by one of the longest and most involved chase sequences in film history (by car! on foot! by train! even, for real, on ice!!). And the whole thing is propelled by a supercharged musical score by Quincy Jones, who manages to incorporate – in the same movie soundtrack – Roberta Flack, Doug Kershaw, and Little Richard.
 
 
 
 
 
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