Monday, November 30, 2015

Hail! Mafia (1965)

Mercury Films (France)
Directed by Raoul Lévy
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Jack Klugman and Henry Silva are hired by the mob to kill a witness in France. The professional killers strike up a friendship as they pursue their quarry across the French countryside. Silva is reluctant to reveal his private life to the stranger, and his instincts prove correct when the hit turns out to be anything but routine. Klugman and Silva are terrific in their roles, but the film tends to get bogged down in their daily routines before the bravura finale. The jazz soundtrack, while at first adding an air of coolness, is not synced to the action and eventually becomes a nuisance. This could have been a great film in the hands of a better director with a bigger budget.

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