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99% dood (1974)

99 and 44/100% Dead (original title)
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Uncle Frank Kelly calls on Harry Crown to help him in a gang war. The war becomes personal when Harry's new girlfriend is kidnapped by Uncle Frank's enemy, Big Eddie.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

Robert Dillon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Harry Crown
Edmond O'Brien ... Uncle Frank
Bradford Dillman ... Big Eddie
Ann Turkel ... Buffy
Constance Ford ... Dolly
Zooey Hall Zooey Hall ... Tony (as David Hall)
Kathrine Baumann ... Baby
Janice Heiden Janice Heiden ... Clara (as Janis Heiden)
Max Kleven Max Kleven ... North
Karl Lukas Karl Lukas ... Guard
Tony Brubaker ... Burt (as Anthony Brubaker)
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Shoes
Roy Jenson ... Jake
Bennie E. Dobbins Bennie E. Dobbins ... Driver (as Bernie Dobbins)
Chuck Roberson ... Gunman
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Storyline

Elderly mobster Edmond O'Brien hires a hit man to eliminate his rival. There are albino alligators, skillful chase scenes, and Chuck Connors as a one-handed psycho who can fit various deadly weapons on his stumpy arm. Written by Ørnås

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Everyone is dying to meet Harry Crown.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

99% dood See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director John Frankenheimer said of the film in a 1983 interview: "I hated that picture while I was working on it. I knew a third of the way into it, that we were in trouble. That is the worst experience that anyone could have." See more »

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The opening credits are done in pop art animation like Roy Lickenstein and when Bradford Dillman's likeness is shown, a snake's tongue comes out See more »

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The Fox Movie Channel version edits out 4 minutes from the film for time constraints. See more »

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Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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A well lit film noir.
25 July 2000 | by Brewski-2See all my reviews

The critics hate this movie (Maltin included) because they can't place it in a category. It is not a serious mob film (Godfather) nor is it a comedy (Johnny Dangerously) nor is it bumbling mob dark comedy (a la the recent Bruce Willis - Matthew Perry vehicle). Rather this is a cartoon. Note the introductory cartoon credits. The opening underwater scenes (two) and closing scene (envelope construction) are absolutely unique to American filmcraft and you don't know whether to laugh or be horrified. The lead character is an Englishman, brought over by an American mob boss and who must take off his glasses to shoot and carries automatic pistols with flowers carved in the ivory grips. Is this over the top or what? The enemy hitman has a hook (due to an amputation at our hero's hands) which he replaces with a wine bottle opener, artifical flowers, pruning shears, etc. Our hero also has a much younger, beautiful girlfriend (daytime teacher - nighttime club dancer wearing a feather top) who waits for his return hoping that this time he will make her his own (see 1000 other movies with that same device). Our hero tutors the younger mob wiseguy and both their girlfriends are kidnapped and abused by Mr. Big. Okay, so some of the movie is cliche and some is esoteric. The ambush at the bridge sequence is as visually stunning as any serious mob film. The shootout at the laundry scene is as good as the same scene in The Fugitive or the ending to Terminator. The sequence where Harry is pinned down by a sniper and his boss resces him by pulling up in an armored Rolls-Royce is great as the actors have their conversation while rounds skip off the roof. This is then followed by driving down a would be bomber who carries a bundle of dynamite like Wyle E. Coyote. Being filmed in Seattle, Florida and Los Angeles you never know whether you are supposed to be in New York or Chicago or where. Look for a Confederate Battle Flag during the parade scene where Harry re-enters the crowd. Look for Burt Young (Paulie from Rocky) as an uncredited mobster escorting Harry to see Bradford Dillman. You will be watching a one-of-a-kind movie, maybe not great or even good, but a movie unlike any other. Enjoy it for what it is.


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