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This review is from: Kiss Me Deadly [VHS] (VHS Tape)
On the surface this is a well paced thriller from the dangerous days of the cold war. The bad guys and the good guys all play hardball and there's plenty of action on the way to a truly apocalyptic ending.
That's reason enough for watching, but if you look just under the surface there's more. The traditional sex-roles are held up to the light - male "toughness" and female "gentleness" - and both are found wanting in a world that doesn't forgive any mistakes.
Ralp Meeker's Mike Hammer is as close as you'll get to the the nasty original that Mickey Spillane wrote. (You keep thinking "this guy's the hero?".) But the film belongs to Gaby Rodgers, who was never in anything else, but should have got an Oscar for this - wow.
It's in black and white - but so are many of the best movies.