Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hit! (1973)

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Olive Films)

Billy Dee Williams is a rogue federal agent who takes matters into his own hands when his teenage daughter dies of a heroin overdose. He beats up the small time dealer, but then assembles a team to travel to France and assassinate the kingpins of the drug organization. He uses government information to blackmail some of the team into participating, or appeals to their own past experience with drugs to get revenge. Once in France, they track down and kill the leaders in various grisly ways. The "team assembly" portion of the film goes on far too long. Richard Pryor goes into his comedy schtick at inappropriate moments and seems forced. Williams is miscast and too quiet as a rogue agent. Only Gwen Welles as a heroin addicted high priced hooker manages to be convincing.

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