Offbeat 1970s comedy thriller starring Michael Caine as Mickey King, a successful writer of 'pulp' - cheap paperback detective novels. When an agent offers him an extraordinarily generous sum of money to ghost-write the autobiography of a mystery celebrity, King is intrigued, and agrees to the offer. He is taken to a beautiful and remote Mediterranean island where he meets his subject, Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney), a retired movie star famous for his gangster roles and known for his off-set liaisons with real mobsters, who is now dying of cancer. King puts pen to paper at once but is left with no conclusion to his book when Gilbert is murdered at a party. King then begins to piece together the mystery of Gilbert's past, and uncover some strange and unpalatable truths...
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), Italian ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Pulp fiction writer Mickey King (Michael Caine) gets mixed up with gangsters and murder on the island of Malta in this parody of private eye mysteries. It all begins when movie legend Preston Gilbert (Mickey Rooney) hires King to ghostwrite an autobiography about his colourful life, now he's dying of cancer. And Gilbert, who now lives in a secluded villa with his mistress, wife and bodyguard, will pull no punches in the book. The former actor wants to include the names of the many shady people he's known over the years. But then Gilbert ends up dead, and King turns sleuth to find out who killed him. In the process, the writer finds himself in the same dangerous position as the famous screen private eyes who have inspired him. ...Pulp