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The Squeeze [VHS] (1977)

Stacy Keach , David Hemmings    VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, David Hemmings, Stephen Boyd, Carol White, Freddie Starr
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XEAK4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,459 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tough, hard hitting British thriller about an ex Scotland yard man, played very convincingly by Stacy Keach, now trying to keep from becoming a confirmed alcoholic. He finds his old skills are needed again when his wife is kidnapped. The cast are excellent, and they, along with the no holds barred script make this one of the best thrillers of the 70's.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Masterpiece 28 July 2012
Take one unlikely scenario - Stacey Keach as Jim Naboth, once a Scotland Yard Detective Chief Superintendent but now a hopeless alcoholic, scraping a living as a private detective and sinking fast.

Add an almost unthinkable ingredient - Freddie Starr, he of the infuriatingly unfunny slapstick comedy routine, as a straight actor.

And what do you get? A farrago of unwatchable nonsense? Something worse than John Cleese trying to play it straight?

No - what you get is one of the most criminally neglected, brilliant, memorable, suspenseful and unforgettable films of the late 1970's.

The inherent absurdity of casting Keach in the role of Naboth is the first thing with which you have to come to terms. An alcoholic American as a Scotland Yard DCS? Perm any two together, maybe... but all three? How is that plausible? Then there is the potential minefield of casting Freddie Starr in a straight role. WHAT? FREDDIE STARR? HAVE YOU GONE STARK, STARING, RAVING MAD? Why would anyone cast that idiot in anything, except maybe a home video of his own funeral?

And yet, and yet... It works! Keach plays the hopeless drunk impeccably in what is probably his finest role, steering the character through a series of disasters (at one point he wakes up from a bender stark naked in the street) through to a hungover but ultimately triumphant conclusion. He gives us a glimpse into the raw, unedited life of the chaotic drunk without ever making us despise him or, even worse, making light of his portrayed condition. There is no happy ending tacked on at the film's conclusion (as happened in the otherwise excellent "The Lost Weekend") but instead an equivocal but (possibly) hopeful hint that maybe he might manage to recover after all - but that, then again, he might not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Piece of 1970's British cinemas. 23 Jan 2014
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I always loved this film right from when I watched on Five in 1999. Very thrillering and should get the same respect as Get Carter and The Long Good Friday. Great performance from Stacy Keach as an alcoholic ex Scotland Yard Copper Jim Naboth who is searching for his ex wife (Carol White) and her daughter. Freddie Starr steal the show as Naboth's friend Teddy. Also great performance from David Hemmings & Stephen Boyd as the sadistic kidnappers robbers.

Get this film NOW!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proper 70s film 29 Jun 2014
By Maddog
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Looking a bit dated now but still a good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Squeeze 23 May 2014
By Martin
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Been trying for an eternity to get this on UK DVD format...As I bought a region free DVD player from Amazon market place, this allowed me to buy this American Import, played with no issues.

Fantastic film, as i remembered it, Stacy Keach is great as the down and out ex-private investigator drunk, and the cameo appearance from Freddie Starr adds a touch of humour.

A classic british film which is just under the radar....
Buy It guys !!!
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